This is a continuation of many other convictions that have come out of “Operation Safehaven”, a huge sting operation that began in 2003. It first came to light in 2003 when four piraters all plead guilty to similar charges.
Most software pirates we here about being taken down are people that picked a few high-profile programs and began peddling them en-masse for a quick profit. Less often, warez groups are targeted – probably because as soon as a warez group feels like they are under attack they tend to disappear. That is why this operation has been interesting to watch the past three years, as the groups weren't operating just to generate money.