Thursday, June 30, 2005

Suspected file-swappers arrested in global raid

Via Reuters.

Police in more than a dozen countries have seized computers and made arrests in a crackdown on illegal file-swapping instigated by U.S. investigators, the Dutch government said on Thursday.

Authorities raided several locations in The Netherlands on Wednesday as part of an operation initiated by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and arrested three people on suspicion of computer file-sharing, the Finance Ministry said.

More computers were seized on Wednesday in Australia, Israel, Germany, South-Korea, Norway, France, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, Poland, Canada and Hungary, said a spokeswoman for the ministry, which is responsible for preventing economic crime.

The people arrested in The Netherlands are suspected of infringing the copyright of films, software and video games. Some of the titles had yet to be published, she said.


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