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Posted 8/16/07
Dattebayo Staff Arrested at Otakon [UPDATED 7/26]

2007/07/22

Baltimore, MD USA
Sat Jul 21, 2007 11:10PM EDT

Today at 5:57PM five members of the Dattebayo staff were arrested at the Baltimore Convention Center as they prepared for their panel as part of the Otakon Convention. Four uniformed police officers, along with legal counsel of a complaintent company, approached the stage shortly before the presentation was to begin. Witnesses said that along with the arrest, the officers seized the laptop of one of the group members, which was intended to be used for presentation purposes.

The officers, as well as the lawyers, would not respond to media inquires regarding the reason for these arrests beyond stating that they stemmed from the illegal reproduction of copyrighted works.

The panel, which was originally called "Fansubbing/Manga Scanlation" was recently renamed to "Dattebayo Fansubbing". Experts speculate that this may have alerted authorities to the location of the group members and left an opportunity for this course of action.

Witness reactions varied including one Richard Sequoa who said, "I just can't believe something like this could happen at our convention." Another witness, a Judy Hibertson, said, "I'm glad. This is what they get for their constant trolling. It's just not funny!"

When asked to comment, group member Interacti said, "I've been told by my lawyer not to say anything because of the sensitive nature of legal matters however this has been a trying experience and I'm glad my new cell-mate "Spikes" has been there to comfort me."

Update: July 22, 2007 - We've recently received further information that the arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday morning. We will continue to update as details are forthcoming.

Update: July 23, 2007 - Good news, the arraignment was rescheduled on short notice for early this morning. Naturally the staff plead not guilty. It just got done and the staff was released on bail. Pre-trial will be in two weeks. When asked for comment interactii had this to say, "<interactii> MY ass is kinda soar". The staff is very grateful for the support that we've received via the feedback and chat room.

Update: July 24, 2007 - This afternoon state police arrived at the homes of several of the staff members who were arrested in Baltimore this last weekend. There they exercised a warrant to search and seize any electronic devices with the ability to copy, modify or redistribute audio and/or video media of a copyrighted nature. As such, several computers, hard drives, and even a few VCRs were seized during evidence collection. This has proven especially hard on one of the staff members who operates a home business and utilized their computer daily in that operation.

Update: July 26, 2007 - Late this afternoon, following the earlier searches of several staff members' homes, the state police arrived at the homes of the remaining members who had been arrested in Baltimore this last weekend. However, when they arrived at the home of one of the staff members they were surprised to find that the member had removed all the hard drives from his computer and they now lay in pieces in a garbage bag. Frustrated officers then began to yell at that staff member and accused him of destroying evidence. When the staff member met their response with silence they decided to take him into custody. Family members looked on in shock as they tasered this individual repeatedly despite him not fighting back. Suddenly, the staff member began to convulse on the floor. Doctors would later say that the individual had suffered an epileptic seizure, possibly resulting from the repeated tasering. Officers claim they then mistook these convulsions for an attempt at escape and one of the officers fired his firearm, injuring the individual. The injured staff member, in handcuffs, was later transported to a local hospital where he is now in critical condition in the ICU. The member's identity is not being revealed, on the request of his family. The staff member's lawyer has already been contacted regarding this incident. More details are sure to follow, and we will attempt to keep this story updated as details are forthcoming

(I haven't gotten anything past this date; has anyone heard about this? What do you all think??)
Posted 8/16/07
And this is why I don't download anime, I only watch it. Though now and days people will do anything for fame, nothing is innocent anymore.
Posted 8/16/07
how can they taser him, when he didn't do anything. i would so sue the police for causing him to be under critical condition.
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Posted 8/16/07
any thing put out by the media has a spin on it, however even then this does seam a little bit extreme as long as the groups stick to non licenced works there should be no problem.
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Posted 8/16/07
honestly i think the taser part and the officer firing his weapon....umm a little too extreme if you ask me. being tazed is no joke, i've been tazed before and it hurts and you have no control over your body. i'm pretty sure the officer wouldnt be that stupid to fire his weapon at an unarmed person since they are thought how to handle their arrestees. if tazing doesnt work....use OC spray!!!

well i think its made up
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Posted 8/16/07
It was a troll >.>

http://dattebayo.com/pr/40
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Posted 8/17/07
no! i didn't!
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Posted 8/17/07
too lazy to read the whole stuf... so cops arent that reliable? their pompous pigs...
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Posted 8/17/07

vncalvinle wrote:

It was a troll >.>

http://dattebayo.com/pr/40


I figured something might be up... the legality didn't seem right.

Also, author of said topic, please post your source material.
Posted 9/25/07
screw dattebayo..
they're a bunch of idiots anyway.

they troll when they arent being racist biggots.

they only ACT nice when they need money for new servers.
I hope they all get shut down.
Posted 6/4/08
Ahahaha ! XD
Posted 6/4/08
Fansubbing is illegal, anyways.
Posted 7/22/09
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