Police have raided a hosting company in a bid to shut down a range of file-sharing sites.
The hosting company PRQ
was founded by the Pirate Bay
co-founders and was used to host or route many file-sharing sites. These sites have been unavailable since the raid, though several have found alternative means to get back online.
PRQ owner Mikael Viborg
said the police were looking for four servers in particular. "It is the first time since 2010 they've done this
", he told local press (via Torrent Freak
Police first attempted to find the hardware on Monday, but due to a technical error the PRQ systems were down, forcing a separate search today.
It is not the first time that PRQ has been investigated by authorities. In 2006 police confiscated 180 servers in a search that led to the famous Pirate Bay convictions, but many were owned by people who were not connected to the file-sharing.
Authorities worldwide appear to be stepping up the crackdown on piracy in 2012. Yesterday we reported on a new law in Japan
which could put anyone who downloads pirated material behind bars for two years, and the US ISP Mediacom
will soon threaten repeat offenders with a life ban
from using their services.
Will the music industry finally see an improvement in revenue with stronger policing and new laws? Let us know what you think in the comments.