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Finnish police target 'top sites' in Oulu

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 24 Nov 2007 15:14 User comments (11)

Finnish police target 'top sites' in Oulu Finnish authorities have targeted the operators of so called "top sites" in Oulu. The Finnish National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) carried out raids which led to the arrests of three individuals and the seizure of computer servers carrying over ten terabytes of pirated software, music and games. The police raids follow a joint cross-industry operation by anti-piracy investigators.
The actions, launched on Friday 16th November, came as a result of criminal complaints that were originally filed by Finland's Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Centre (CIAPC). Top sites are considered to be the very top of the piracy chain on the Internet by anti-piracy and law enforcement authorities.

"These top sites have been sharing movies, music and computer games as well as software. Each site was also specialized in sharing particular material, such as animation, Finnish movies or the newest videogames." Antti Kotilainen, CIAPC Director, said. "Top sites are the absolute top of internet piracy and their activity enables sharing of millions of illegal files."

"The Business Software Alliance applauds the efforts of the Finnish police for taking this strong and visible action against internet top sites." said John Wolfe, Director of Internet Enforcement at BSA. "Individuals like the ones operating the sites raided last Friday contribute to the staggering losses that Internet piracy causes the software industry."

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125.11.2007 6:45
ali2007
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Individuals like the ones operating the sites raided last Friday contribute to the staggering losses that Internet piracy causes the software industry

well let me rewrite this for you it is beacause of "price and perfomance" that is affecting software industry

225.11.2007 7:02

ali2007..... too true Cut the price to where everyone can use your software be it programs or games or find yourself fighting a loosing battle with piracy. Is piracy just a form of readjustment and reevaluation of value?

325.11.2007 10:09

Originally posted by ali2007:
Individuals like the ones operating the sites raided last Friday contribute to the staggering losses that Internet piracy causes the software industry

well let me rewrite this for you it is beacause of "price and perfomance" that is affecting software industry
you're absolutelyright. most software that cots a ton of money isnt worth it

425.11.2007 20:33

Maybe we need a World-wide People's Under Court where folks can vote to determine the guilt or innocence of corporate entities and their sycophants, with a nice web site with a Guilty of Heinous Crimes Against Humanity Roll Call chart, Guilty of Heinous Commercial Crimes Against Humanity, etc. This way we could respond as a human species as a whole.

Punishments may be determined according to the level of crime and include the latest and greatest clobberings, e.g. virulent slashdotting (used as a verb, not as a noun, thus not referring to the actual /. site). Silverfish attacking where the crinimals (sic) are nibbled to death by having to spend money to come up with more self-protection. Also pressing your government member to legislate for "fee for service" whereby when a corporate requests assistance or demands it then the government agency works out a bill for the total cost which has to be paid up front in cash. Any adjustments to be made after the action is complete - also time means money and ought to be charged for. Make the bastards play for bludgeoning their way through common decency and fairness. Perhaps a $ amount needs to be worked out for social responsibility and environmental responsibility and included in the bill.

Hmmm, how about all American countries are made liable under American Law for their all activities around the world as they would be judged under American Law at Home. The same could apply to England, Ireland, Europe etc etc. This would stop dumping of crap products and services that didn't meet Homeland laws and standards. (Also make land mine makers and spent uranium weaponry makers culpable e.g. England, USA.

Maybe it would include all the rip off merchants, their specific "crimes" (including policies) and the proposed action to be taken.

Perhaps also Humanitarian and other Life crimes, environment crimes could be included?

Waddya reckon.

Oh i am thinking non-violent as in sending a million letters to 1 address all at once. Just so it costs the sods money.

526.11.2007 0:00

Originally posted by Tashammer:

Oh i am thinking non-violent as in sending a million letters to 1 address all at once. Just so it costs the sods money.

I think someone actually did something like that with all of those AOL cds that were being sent out.. The took like a million of the to the corporate headquarters and like dumped them there,lol

626.11.2007 4:54

Did they? Millenium Buggerit. Ah well, there you go then. No original thought is there?

How about a floating site though that folks (them) would find hard to shut down that listed offending corporate crinimals (sic) together with a range of optional activities that could be levied against them. To be an ongoing silverfish attack - they would get out their contracts only to find that we had nibbled holes in them.

Maybe this is why the baskets have such high prices - all those bloody lawyers bills forever need paying and where could a lawyer make money out of everyone agreeing with each other?

726.11.2007 10:46

3 people went down?
I think 30 went up.

The fight against piracy is useless. It's like saying a man shouldn't have legs.

826.11.2007 12:03

When I was young and broke I was all about pirating, but to be honest, I don't think it's such a terrible thing for software industry. Many of the programs that i purchase today now that I'm not broke, I would have never even known about if it wasn't for piracy. I strongly believe if you like the product and have the money you will purchase it, or you will suggest others to purchase it.

Staggering losses have more to do with a stalling economy and high gas prices than just piracy alone, middle class people have less money to spend and they're the ones that support our economy.

926.11.2007 20:17

Thank goodness good ol' aD won't get shut down! (I hope)



1026.11.2007 22:22

Originally posted by CKhaleel:
Thank goodness good ol' aD won't get shut down! (I hope)
Amen to that Brother!

1120.12.2007 5:58

They do call this the silly season :)

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