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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > UK Police Returned Confiscated Gear Broken to Site Admin

UK Police Returned Confiscated Gear Broken to Site Admin

UK Police Returned Confiscated Gear Broken to Site Admin

Added: Monday, March 28th, 2011
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent.com, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com, SaM, etrg, extratorrentrg
The Filesoup admin admitted that none of the system unit towers can boot up now, plus some tray doors were found broken off or missing at all. Besides, the site operator isn’t even sure if everything was returned,because he is still going through numerous trash bags filled with equipment.


Filesoup, launched 8 years ago, used to be one of the first BitTorrent trackers. However, after 2 years of its existence, the service stopped hosting torrent trackers and switched to TVLinks operations, offering repository for members who wanted to exchange links for copyrighted content hosted somewhere online.

In August of 2009 the site’s operator was busted for violating the UK’s Copyright Designs and Patent Act. This finally resulted in the admin’s arrest, along with the confiscation of his hardware. Particularly, the country’s authorities accused Filesoup operator of the unauthorized distribution and unauthorized file-sharing of copyrighted movies.

Although everyone else can understand that links are not copyrighted, as they are not the content itself, it took almost 2 years for Crown Prosecutors to realize that. Finally, in the end of February they came to the conclusion that there was no longer a realistic prospect of conviction, and ruled to return the confiscated hardware. So, UK cops have recently returned confiscated gear of Filesoup to its acquitted operator. However, what the authorities delivered to the admin’s doorstep in plastic bags is really shocking. The site operator says his property has indeed been returned, but in what condition! He took the pictures of every piece of equipment when it was brought in. Besides, he recorded the audio while the authorities were at his place.

While it looked like only a limited number of things were missing, like power supply units, there is still really lots of stuff to check, which will take some time. As for now, it is evident that none of the system unit towers will boot up. As for the seized laptop, it was just stuffed back into the case without being secured with the straps, altogether with the power brick, mains plug, and all accessories shoved in there. Moreover, the rotary volume control is not where it should be, and it looks like it has been pushed inside the laptop.

All in all, it seems like the authorities decided to fight illegal file-sharing by screwing up things like equipment when failing to achieve positive legal outcome of the battle.

March 28th,2011

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Date:  Monday, March 28th, 2011

Comments (12) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2011-03-28 15:21:52)
Esham1977 avatarwow that's really messed up

posted by ET loverSuperman (2011-03-28 16:33:18)
tonymengela avatarWas anything else expected? Police are the biggest of all criminals, and is the most unregulated of them all. At least with most organized crime they have rules that they follow.

posted by (2011-03-28 23:38:16)
fusion422 avatarfollowed this for a bit what bulls up from start to finish lets hope he gets his equipment sorted
british legal system phhhhh

posted by Supermanimmortal (2011-03-28 23:53:34)
Big_A_Little_A avatarSound all so familiar to me.Its the time you need to wait to get stuff back as well,well over 6 monthes in some cases.And to top it all harddrives are usually either accidently wiped/broken cables missing monitors screens broken and more.Then the best part is trying to claim the damages back now thats another long story!

Thanks for the article SaM

posted by ET lover (2011-03-29 18:40:29)
229395mig3 avatarthat ****** me off! Can they do that? If a person is acquitted of whatever charges were brought against them they just have to deal with the damaged property? I wonder what the chances of him getting compensation for the damage is? Not good I'm guessing!

posted by Supermanimmortal (2011-03-29 22:39:09)
Big_A_Little_A avatar@ 229395mig sorry to say yep they can,remember they are the law,and the best bit is you dont even need to be charged! they can detain/sieze any property as part of an ongoing investigation.

posted by ET lovermen (2011-03-29 23:57:20)
brods73 avataruk police are scum..thats it

posted by (2011-03-30 00:32:39)
fusion422 avatarbut once you are found not guilty your property should be returned back to you in the same order it went to the police regardless
they do not give you compo for the time it has taken or gonna take to set things back up when it takes them 10 seconds to break somthink clueless coppers

posted by ET junkie (2011-03-30 00:53:13)
motoxxxx avatarThank you for the article Sam, I know it sucks to get your equipment back messed up, but at least he was acquitted and his freedom is no longer at stake. Stuff can always be replaced and/or fixed, loss of freedom cannot.

posted by (2011-03-31 05:52:06)
geology_guy avatarFreedom??? Our freedom is slowly being taken from us day by day...

posted by (2011-03-31 05:57:31)
evilmother avatarlol 2 years b4 he got it back in PC turmes its out of date
and yes it is a lode they took his gear lost the case hell they never had one if they had a clue they would of known that so they get mad and just dump it on his door step i bet when they took it they were so tight in not to brake it so they could find stuff on the drives
i dont want to play no more i takeing my ball and going home to mom

posted by (2011-04-01 04:49:32)
deaftone avatarlol... Why even take the hardware back? After I got raided they came back two years later to say "no charge" while pointing a gun at me. Then they offered to give back my hardware which I refused. You'd be surprised what the gov can do *hint* surveillance *hint* with a piece of equipment. All in all, it was to be expected and if he didn't then he's a fool.

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