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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Police of 14 European Countries Conducted File-Sharing Crackdown

Police of 14 European Countries Conducted File-Sharing Crackdown

Police of 14 European Countries Conducted File-Sharing Crackdown

Added: Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The request of Belgian authorities led to a coordinated effort of police in 14 European countries. The investigation in question has already been 2 years in progress. It is targeting users related to “The Scene” file-sharing network, and the servers illegally hosting the copyrighted content


Peer-to-peer networks took a big hit recently. The police across Europe conducted the largest crackdown against unauthorized file-sharing the world has ever seen. The police in 14 countries, including Italy, Belgium, Sweden, the UK, Norway, the Czech Republic, Germany and Hungary, conducted raids in the homes of some users suspected to be involved, and at the service providers hosting servers with illegal copyrighted content.

Even Sweden’s coordinator for IP crimes Paul Pinter admitted he had never heard of such huge crackdown in Europe in violation of copyright legislation before. The raids in question were conducted at the request of Belgian authorities, having been trying to reach a warez group called “The Scene” for 2 years already. The structure of the group was considered complicated, with the outfits at the top that competed to obtain and upload copyrighted content online. The next level is considered the websites hosting the copyrighted content at their servers and making it available for illegal download.

Lots of raids were carried out in Sweden, a country that has been long considered a file-sharing safe harbor. As Swedish prosecutors admitted, the raids in the country have targeted the websites mainly.

The Swedish Pirate Party appeared to be one of the targeted Internet service providers, as it hosted the servers of Wikileaks. Rick Falkvinge, the Pirate Party leader, announced that they revealed that the police have closed down Wikileaks newsroom, thus bringing the situation to a new level by going all over the constitutional limits.

Meanwhile, a Swedish prosecutor refuses the fact that the raids were connected with Wikileaks, and argues that it doesn’t involve any investigation inside the country, but is just assistance to Belgium. He says that the seized material will probably be sent to Belgium for investigation.

Finally, The Pirate Bay, the world’s largest BitTorrent site, seems to be caught up in the mix as it was hosted by the Swedish Pirate Party as well – the tracker went down at the moment.

September 15th, 2010

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Date:  Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

posted by ET junkiemen (2010-09-15 23:26:46)
4GET avatarthanks sam thats a good read. THE SCENE how a original a crack down crew.im sorry for those we have lost; but we are like ants who make many borrows and so many holes with many soldiers .

posted by Blocked (2010-09-16 05:43:21)
menahunie avatarToo bad they don't use this much diligence in going after the drug trade?

I don't have to fall off a cliff to believe what was stated in Sweden; the raids weren't connected due to WikiLeaks; hell they were and I am for that.
Releasing secret documents that either put people in severe danger; face immediate death and more Wikileaks got what they deserve.
The bad choice made was by the hosting service made in hosting them. Do you think for a minute any secret documents say from the Swedish Gov. was posted on Wikileaks they wouldn't be blasting down the hosting services doors?

posted by ET junkiemen (2010-09-17 01:35:01)
4GET avatarwell alL IS said if your a pirate dont dock at this port pb never used it dident for various reasons.and menahaunie drugs is not the topic . oh does your hand get week

posted by (2010-09-17 11:08:03)
mustaphanaru avatarThank's For the Info SAM

posted by Blocked (2010-09-17 13:17:51)
menahunie avatar4GET - u can sukmukdik you can't understand plain english and the drugs were used as an example for using assets better. But your just too stupid with your un constructive and lamer flaming attempts LOOSER....

posted by ET junkiemen (2010-09-18 00:21:50)
4GET avatarman come on loosene up i was havin a laugh. i should hasve said he;he

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2010-09-19 20:46:58)
fusseltier avatardrug trade? what are you talking about? in most countries in europe drugs are decriminalized or legal.
it cuts down on crime and drug use is generally safer and not as frequent as when its illegal.
of course there are people that do it even if its legal or not, but just because its legal doesnt make more people do it.
i know, i lived in switzerland already 12+ years, no crime and even junkies have jobs and are responsible.
its treated as a health matter not a crime. its only pigheaded americans that think legalizing drugs is the wrong way to go.

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