BREIN Illegally Seized Warez ServersAdded: Saturday, February 26th, 2011
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In January, Dutch anti-P2P group BREIN targeted a large warez piracy topsite known as Swan. The domain name of the service was taken down by its hosting provider called WorldStream. Moreover, without judicial process anti-piracy outfit seized its servers. However, today the site owners have retaliated by seizing the servers back. In addition, they may even sue the organization for violation of privacy and property rights.
Earlier known as ATS, Swan used to operate from a number of servers and carried over 200 terabytes of information. Despite the fact that the website naturally was connected to many Scene groups, the action taken by anti-piracy group was not aided neither by the police nor a court. This means that no-one involved is going to face legal action. Meanwhile, BREIN director Tim Kuik claimed that his outfit had managed to acquire the Swan servers from its hosting provider. Strangely enough, WorldStream simply gave other people’s equipment to a 3rd party.
Although both anti-P2P group and hosting provider defended their positions, they have now come back to bite those who were wrong. As it became known, the servers belonged to Alejandra Transporte SA, a tiny South American hosting provider having nothing to do with Swan. Besides, an Internet service provider had no idea what its equipment was being used for. Lawyers in The Netherlands were acting on behalf of the hosting provider, taking legal action to require anti-piracy group to hand back their client’s equipment. The litigation resulted in the ruling of the Court of Haarlem, requiring that the servers were seized back from BREIN. The equipment was found to be taken without any court order or warrant, which was a breach of privacy at the very least.
WorldStream was found to hand the servers voluntarily to a private organization (BREIN) having no special legal or investigative authority under the reached agreement. The servers were taken away, and BREIN refused to reveal their location, which made it guilty of vigilantism. Meanwhile, BREIN boss admitted that they could step forward to hand the servers back, but promised to hold the server owners responsible for the activities committed on the servers. However, now anti-P2P outfit became haunted itself, as a few members of the country’s Parliament have already asked the Minister of Justice to clear up the matter.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article
February 26th,2011Posted by:
Saturday, February 26th, 2011
|posted by (2011-02-26 15:35:53)|
|WTF , are people really that stupid ,to just allow someone to come in and take shit.No warrant ,no cops= no equipment.It's that simple .|
|Interesting since I brought up the theft of Sawan's servers month's ago and my post was deleted. Taking some one's Else's property with out legal authority is nothing more than theft and NOT vigilantism.. Not to mention putting a hosting company out of business by that very same action. BREIN is in allot of trouble if these persons who own the servers pound them in court.. Even in a "Dutch" court they the BREIN will lose irregardless of their whining about copyrights violations... NO copyright holders have stepped forward to stand behind BREIN?|
|@menahunie; Brein acts ON BEHALF of copyright holders (at least that's what they say).|
|There is a very fine line between "acting on behalf of" and disregarding all laws themselves.|
Ok, most uf us are pirates, but with that action they have put themselves on our term as well, what they did is nothing else but piracy itself
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