Police Raid Shuts Down Dozens Of File-Sharing Sites

Servers at a company founded by the people behind the Pirate Bay were shut down by police looking for proof of copyright infringement. Is it the beginning of the end for piracy?

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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.

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    Carl6661
    All of these attempts at 'shutting down' these sites are about as much use as a fishnet condom. Not only are there too many of these such sites for it to be effective, anyone who knows anything about how the internet works can get past any blocks they use incredibley easily.
    jordo246
    "dozens of sites" I don't know how many sites these people doing the raids think there are, but dozens doesn't even scratch the surface of it.
    RedClown
    They can't say which ones because they will be back in a few days and the publicity might double their visitors
    iommi600
    Breaking news, lawmans: this "fight" is pointless. You shut down 12 sites and 120 pops up out of nowhere.
    iscreamicecream
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    iscreamicecream · Oct 03, 2012 09:54 PM
    Alvonwin
    When I was younger we used to record movies and albums on tape instead of download them in the digital format. Maybe we should just do that again ...it seems like it wasn't a problem at this time!?!
    RedClown
    They did complain about that. Cassette recorders were 'the end of the industry' when they came out years ago and that proved to be untrue. Digital piracy is just the next in line...
    Eirien
    It doesn't matter what they do to try and stop it, people will find a way around it. For the record, I don't pirate music, films, TV, books or anything else.
    Breakingpoint56
    With the advent of Spotify becoming so big, you can't use the excuse of "listening before you buy" for your reason to pirate. I know, cause I used to do it. Spotify is free, or you can pay 10/month for premium which is pretty damn good and you can take it with you on your phone as an app so you can't complain about being able to listen on your phone or something. Buy the artists music. Don't be douches.
    Meta1H3ad
    I used to do it myself, I really find more joy in buying the actual CD and having the physical copy. While i think some of these new laws are rather harsh, I just don't think downloading music for free is that cool, and like you said, there's always spotify so you really CAN listen before you buy. There's really no excuse!
    Scourge441
    There's a lot of stuff that flat-out isn't available on Spotify. What do we do in that case?
    AcousticMetal99
    Actually, there are some songs I've only liked a bit, but still downloaded and ended up liking those songs more than some I really enjoyed on first listen. Listening once isn't enough to get a good idea of a song. Also, I don't necessarily want an app, or having to use phone data to listen to music, I'd rather have it saved to SD card. That said, I do believe in buying actual CDs & fully legal downloads for bands I listen to, and buying merch, etc.
    Breakingpoint56
    So why not buy what you enjoy? You can listen to songs for free on youtube as well. You can listen more than once at a number of different places and uh..wifi? You don't have to use phone data. There are tons of places with free wifi not to mention your own home.
    AcousticMetal99
    I do - if I like an album I've downloaded, I will go and buy it. That way everyone wins. Also, a lot of the time I listen to music when I'm walking to and from places - that can be 1.5 miles often. Wifi & data is simply not viable. At home, I use YouTube mainly. But when I'm on the move...
    FlyingPirahna
    This is getting tiresome. I've switched to buying music right off the back most of the time, since I'm working again, but as someone who had no other way of hearing new stuff in the past and resorting to downloading, I feel bad for those who can't. I found and subsequently bought so much music that I only could have found through the internet because of it. Focus on the real ****ing crimes, guys...
    hiwaychild1
    Police chief: "Hey I know how to fix this!" *throws computer in the trash* "That should get rid of em for a while."
    ali.guitarkid7
    Dozens of sites? Piracy = Defeated. Alright guys, time to tackle something else. How 'bout that Somali famine? Let's shut down dozens of famines!
    Schofey
    I lol'd but yeah, they're not interested in that because there's no money involved.
    ali.guitarkid7
    I wonder if there's some company somewhere that lobbies to end world hunger but wonders why no one'll accept their money. I think I have a very skewed picture of politics.
    agm_ultimatex
    Wasn't a study done proving that illegal downloading of music boosted sales? Also, such crimes should go under copywright infringement and apply to that, not theft.
    IrishConnor1994
    I think copyright infrigement is harsher than theft.
    Schofey
    Care to elaborate?
    IrishConnor1994
    I don't know a whole lot about this, but aren't there huge fines, like up to tens of thousands of dollars for distributing illegally copied stuff protected by copyrights?
    broken ipod
    and isnt it illegal to distribute illegally copied stuff protected by copyrights, yes so as along as you dont break the law it shouldnt matter. as it is commiting a crime you should expect some kind of punishment which will keep some from doing it
    kingsneverdie
    Surely if they just made all releases digital.. i.e. scrapped DVDs/Blu-Ray/CDs, would they not be able to bring down the costs so that it was like $2.99 an album and maybe $4.99 a movie? I'm sure if the costs were brought down so it was cheaper, more people would just buy stuff rather than illegally download it. I know I would.
    Breakingpoint56
    The price of the albums usually makes up for the price of recording and sometimes tens of thousands of dollars are spent. You can't sell an album for 3 bucks and recoup that cost. Not to mention. If a nobody band releases a low quality EP for 5 bucks, I'd be pissed if my professionally recorded music was released for less. Also alot of people like having physical copies of things. What I've noticed it boils down to with alot of people is they think they are owed something constantly. And we;re not. Its a mutual relationship. You release music, I buy. Not, you release music and I bitch about not getting a free sticker or tshirt.
    theboss123
    Actually, i quite like it when i open an album up and find a free sticker to put on my bass case. It gave me a Rise Against sticker for it But i completely agree. I simply love having a physical copy of my music. Theres just something about having it, being able to read along to the lyrics, the album artwork (digital artwork or lyrics websites dont count) that always makes it worth the extra cash. Just my opinion in a sea of others though.
    MetalMaster063
    The only problem with getting a physical copy (which I also prefer to do) is that rather than 10 or 12 dollars some are now up around 20 dollars, though some are lower. But IMO $19.99 for a physical copy is too much when it's $9.99 online. So then I'm more likely just to pirate it. Just an observation. And I too enjoy free stickers And reading lyrics and stuff.
    Breakingpoint56
    So if its 9.99 and cheaper you would still pirate it? I don't follow your logic. You're also obviously shopping at the wrong places. FYE are price gougers but you can usually find good prices at target or online. 10 bucks doesn't break anybodys bank.
    MetalMaster063
    I'm saying I'd rather buy a physical copy is it isn't much more than 12 or 13 dollars.If it's 9.99 I'll gladly purchase it, but I prefer not to use itunes because I feel like I don't actually own my music.
    Chance888
    Of all of the world's problems, it makes since that music piracy is onw of the main concerns...
    Schofey
    Why have people down voted this guy? He's clearly being sarcastic.
    robertedge
    "Will the music industry finally see an improvement in revenue" - WHAT THE FUCK! EMI and SONY and money hungry bitches!