5 People Arrested, 2 Wanted in Greece For Copyright InfringementAdded: Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
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The Greek police reported that the country’s most popular online forums accounting for hundreds of thousands of visitors was shut down following accusations of copyright violation. 5 people have been arrested during the operation which even involved INTERPOL, accused of making almost a quarter of million Euros from advertising and membership fees.
Greek police said that they have closed down TheGreekz.com, having around 15 million hits daily and ranked by Alexa as the 61st most-popular service in the country. The Departments of Electronic Crime in Athens and Thessaloniki carried out an operation aimed at shutting down the website and tracking down 7 Greeks and a foreigner accused of helping to operate the website.
5 people have been arrested and charged with copyright offences, while INTERPOL is still involved in the search for 2 other individuals suspected to be elsewhere in Europe. As for the reason of the operation, it seems to be the Society for the Protection of Audiovisual Works, which previously has been involved in website takedowns. The society is said to have launched a case against the website, being the one who made the initial complaint to the government. The police found out that the activities of the service caused “great financial loss” to many entertainment companies, including film studios, record labels, and software developers.
The results of the campaign are quite impressive: lots of hardware have been seized, for example, five laptops, twenty-five hard drives, and many CDs. What is the most important, the police claimed that they managed to seize as “a wealth of documentary evidence”, which is believed to prove that the site owners profited from copyright infringement. Precisely, the police revealed that the site operators made nearly 230 thousand euros, mainly from selling advertising space and charging membership fees.
Meanwhile, it seems like the Greeks are constantly under the fire, as this wasn’t the first case of such action. In fact, today’s anti-piracy operation just follows another action of the police that took place in 2010. That time the authorities aimed to close down the country’s largest BitTorrent tracker website.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article
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Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
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