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January 20, 1992
Robert and Carleen Thomas, of the Amateur Action BBS, are woken up at 7:30am by five armed San Jose Policemen, who seize computers, pictures, video tapes, and other electronic equipment (as well as Carleen's underwear, purses and shoes). The search warrant refers to Possession or control of matter depicting sexual conduct of person under age of 14 (Grand Theft). The charge is not ultimately brought, and the machine is returned to Thomas a month later. A year later, the Thomases would find themselves prosecuted by the federal government in the later-famous "Amateur Action BBS Case".

Source http://sun.soci.niu.edu/~cudigest/aabbs/a1

January 25, 1992
RemoteAccess BBS v1.11 is Released.

February, 1992
MindVox, a BBS with internet connectivity in New York City, opens to the public. Founded by two former members of Legion of Doom (Bruce Fancher and Patrick Kroupa), the BBS had already gained legend status from the document announcing its opening, "Voices in my Head" by Patrick Kroupa.

Source http://www.evolution.com/press/cybertimes/

May, 1992
Hayes Microcomputer Products announces the Smartmodem Optima Data and Fax Modem, capable of 14,400 bit/s. Retail Price: $519.

June 10, 1992
FBI agents descend on the home of Richard Kenadek in Millbury, MA to shut down his BBS, the Davy Jones Locker, for software piracy, seizing the BBS equipment. Two years later, Kenadek will be arrested, charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and sentenced to six months home detention and two years probation.

Published on June 11, 1992, Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
FBI RAIDS MILLBURY HOME \ COPYRIGHT SOFTWARE ALLEGEDLY SOLD

MILLBURY - FBI agents yesterday raided the home of Richard Kenadek, 46 
South Oxford St., owner of a company that had allegedly been illegally 
distributing copyrighted computer software programs, according to a 
software trade group.The Software Publishers Association said the FBI 
raided the Davy Jones Locker, "a sophisticated computer bulletin board 
with paying subscribers in 36 states and 11 foreign countries."FBI 
spokesman William McMullin confirmed agents executed a search warrant 
in Millbury....

Published on June 11, 1992, Boston Globe
FBI RAIDS COMPUTER BULLETIN BOARD GIVING OUT COPYRIGHTED SOFTWARE IS ALLEGED

In one of the first crackdowns of its kind, six FBI agents yesterday raided 
a computer bulletin board based in a Millbury home. Authorities said the 
bulletin board's operator had been illegally distributing copyrighted 
software.Executing a criminal search warrant, the agents seized several 
computers, six modems and a program called PC Board, which was used to 
run the bulletin board. Authorities also seized documents that listed 
users of the service. No arrests were made, according to the....

Published on June 12, 1992, Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
FED LAWS INVOLVED IN SOFTWARE CASE

Federal laws might have been violated in the alleged illegal distribution of 
copyrighted computer software programs by a Millbury man, according to a 
spokesman for the FBI.FBI spokesman William McMullan said this is the reason 
the FBI became involved in the case.FBI agents Wednesday morning raided the 
home of Richard Kenadek, 46 South Oxford St., Millbury, owner of the company 
that allegedly distributed the programs.McMullan said no charges have been 
filed in the case and it is FBI policy not to....

FBI Raids Millbury Home - Copyright software allegedly sold
By John J. O'Connor - Staff Reporter

MILLBURY - FBI agents yesterday raided the home of Richard Kenadek, 46 South
Oxford St., owner of a company that had allegedly been illegally
distributing copyrighted computer software programs, according to a software
trade group.

The Software Publishers Association said the FBI raided the Davy Jones
Locker, "a sophisticated computer bulletin board with paying subscribers in
36 states and 11 foreign countries."

FBI spokesman William McMullin confirmed agents executed a search warrant in
Millbury but declined to elaborate.  McMullin said no charges have been
filed.

COMPUTER BULLETIN BOARD

According to the software association, a computer bulletin board allows
"personal computer users to access a host computer by a modem-equipped
telephone and to exchange information including messages, files and computer
programs.  The system operator is generally responsible for materials posted
to the bulletin board."

For a fee of $49 for three months or $99 for one year, "subscribers to Davy
Jones Locker were give access to a special section of the bulletin board
that contained copies of more than 200 copyrighted programs including
popular business and entertainment packages.  Subscribers could download or
receive these programs for use on their own computers without having to pay
the copyright owner anything for them," according to the association.

A spokesman for the association estimated that more than $675,000 worth of
software was distributed.

Meanwhile, telephone calls to Kenadek's home and to the Davy Jones Locker's
modem received a busy signal yesterday.

No one was at Kenadek's split-level ranch home last night, but at around
8:45pm, a woman who identified herself as Kenadek's wife drove into the
driveway.

She said she was just arriving from work and had no knowledge of what had
happened yesterday.  She said she had not heard from her husband all day.

ANTENNA, DISK ON ROOF

The home, located in a rural section of town, had a large antenna and disk
on its roof.  There is also a large antenna on an adjacent building and a
larger antenna in the back yard.

Neighbors, who asked not to be identified, said that Kenadek would be out at
night working on the antennas.  One woman said, "I wondered if he might be a
spy."

She said that "there were a lot of cars and men in suits at the house at 7"
in the morning yesterday.  They were still there at 9 a.m. when she left her
home, she said.

Her husband said he saw Kenadek around lunchtime yesterday.  He said Kenadek
seemed like a nice guy and that he thought Kenadek fixed televisions and
radios.

GOVERNMENT SEES TREND

Ilene Rosenthal, director of litigation for the Software Publishers
Association, said, "This is one of the first instances that we are aware of
where the FBI has shut down a private bulletin board for distributing
copyrighted software.  It clearly demonstrates a trend that the government
is recognizing the seriousness of software copyright violation."

According to Software, the business programs offered by Davy Jones Locker
were from a variety of well-known companies including AutoDesk, Borland
International, Broderbund, Central Point System, Fifth Generation, Fox
Software, IBM, Intuit, Lotus Development, Micrografx, Microsoft, Software
Publishing Corp., Symantec, Ventura Software, Wordperfect and X-True Co.
Entertainment programs included Flight Simulator by Microsoft and Leisure
Suit Larry by Sierra.
-----
The Associated Press contributed to this report.




Source Worcester Telegram and Gazette

June 18, 1992
Police arrive with a search warrant and seize all the computer equipment of Mark Lehrer, sysop of the Akron Anomaly BBS, after a two month sting operation involving a 15-year-old boy used to download an adult GIF in the "clean" section of the BBS. The charges are soon switched to a child pornography distribution charge when the first charge doesn't stick.

             [ Akron Bulletin Board Closed by Authorities ]

     The Akron bulletin board, Akron Anamoly (run by Mark 
  Lehrer) is no more. After a police sting operation, the BBS
  was closed because of "obscene" files online. The Anamoly,
  which was known for its vast Fidonet message bases and OS/2
  support, was closed after a parent complained to police
  because of the "dirty" GIFs that were available for download.

  The following pieces include capture buffers from Akron boards
  discussing the incident as well as the actual news story 
  concerning it.

  This article is reprinted from the Cleveland [Ohio, USA] Plain Dealer,
Tuesday, July 21, 1992, Page B3 (?).

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POLICE PULL PLUG ON COMPUTER IN MORALS STING

Munroe Falls Police Chief Steve Stahl knows computers are big with kids
these days, byt he never thought he'd see the day when a healthy
15-year-old boy would choose a floppy disk over a playboy centerfold.
        But now that Stahl's seen some of the floppy disks popular with
local youths, he understands the facscination.
        "Give me any kid, I know what he's going to donwload," Stahl said.
        In May, Munroe Falls police received a complaint fromn a resident
who feared that a local computerized community byulletin board containing
sexually explicit material might be accessible to children.
        Stahl said the resident showed him files called "Alison" and
"Amber," both of which featured naked women.  Stahl told the concerned
resident, "Oh well, geez, I can see how that would be upsetting."
        For the past two months, police conducted an investigation and
sting using a local 15 year old boy.  After the youth was able to hook into
the bulletin board, police arrested Mark Lehrer, 22, owner and operator of
Akron Anomaly, a 1000-member bulletin board.  Police also seized all of
Lehrer's computer equipment.
        Lehrer is accused of distributing graphic sexual material via a
computer modem from his parent's home in Munore Falls.  Lehrer, whose
father is chairman of the village's charter review commission, has been
charged in Cuyahoga Falls municipal court with one count each of
disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and possession of computer [probably
was originally "criminal" -mst] tools
-- in this case, his computer.
        A preliminary hearing is scheduled for today.  The case will
probably be turned over to a Summit County grand jury.
        Lehrer did not return a phone call yesterday.
        Stahl said this will be the first case in Northeast Ohio and one
of the first in the state in which an adult is accused of distributing
graphic sexual materials to juveniles via a computer.
        "There's not a whole lot of case law on this kind of thing," he
said, adding most material comes from books, magazines, or movies.
        According to Stahl, members of Akron Anomaly paid $15 to $30 a year
to link into Lehrer's bulletin board.  For that fee, they had access to
games like chess, basketball, and euchre, compouter programming
instructions, and a series of "gif" -- "graphic interface files" [should be
"'graphic information files'" -mst]  -- that
feature pictures from James Bond to Captain Kirk to Scooby Doo.
        Some are labeled specifically for adults and are not supposed to be
accessible to those under age 18, while many others are contained in a
general file.  However, when police seized Lehrer's records they found that
even the "clean" files contained images not entirely wholesome.
        "One was Bugs Bunny eating a carrot, one was Bart Simpson riding a
skate board and one was called (a slang term for oral sex) [probably "blow
job" -- drc], and that was in the clean file," Stahl said.
        Stahl said many files not listed in the adult category contained
pictures of naked women and of naked women engaged in sexual acts.  One
file allegedly shows a nude image of Christina Applegate, who plays Peg on
the television show "Married With Children."
        "Parents are happy their kids are upstairs using their computers.
One parent we talked to was thrilled they weren't finding Playboy magazine.
Well, I've got news for them, this is a rude awakening," Stahl said.
        In addition to the graphic interface images, juveniles were able to
access adult movies, which are transmitted on color monitors.

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A brief editorial comment: this sucks.
Any comments, please send e-mail, as I don't monitor this group.

David
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Source http://www.totse.com/en/zines/cud_a/cud556.html

September 4, 1992
Fidocon '92 is held from September 4th to 6th in Dallas, TX.

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