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Italian music file-sharing forum shut down

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 07 Jul 2008 16:32 User comments (6)

Italian music file-sharing forum shut down The IFPI and Italy's Guardia di Finanza have announced the shutdown of the alleged file-sharing forum Downrevolution.net for thousands of instances of copyright infringement.
In connection with the site, four people have been arrested and each will face a "criminal investigation."

Reports claim that only one of the men arrested was over the age of 18 meaning the rest are minors. There was no word on whether they will prosecuted as minors however. 17 computers, three external hard drives, and hundreds of counterfeit CDs and DVDs were also seized from a house in Sesto San Giovanni.

If found guilty, the men arrested could face 4 years in jail and large fines.

Downrevolution.net, like many other "warez" forums, posted Rapidshare.com and Megaupload.com links, allowing over 30,000 users to share copyrighted movies, music and more. The site stayed in business by selling banner ads and accepting donations in exchange for VIP status.

Jeremy Banks, IFPIs Head of Internet Anti-Piracy Unit, added: This shows a real commitment by the authorities to stopping online copyright theft, and it also highlights that forums like these are anything but immune from the law.

The Guardia di Finanzia usually looks into intellectual property investigations for the Ministry of Finance.

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6 user comments

18.7.2008 4:39
nobrainer
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woo hoo great, there is another 4 youths that will never purchase any of your media ever again.

the great thing about targeting the youth is they have many years to influence ppl around them to boycott ass hats.

the IFPI sounds so official but in reality its controlled by SONY, UNIVERSAL, WARNER GROUP, EMI.

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28.7.2008 14:41

^Spammer! Stop!

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49.7.2008 4:38

Originally posted by nobrainer:

the great thing about targeting the youth is they have many years to influence ppl around them to boycott ass hats.
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I think it was the actual site and its activities that were targeted, not the age group of the owners or admin.

511.7.2008 23:35
1bonehead
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Quote:
Reports claim that only one of the men arrested was over the age of 18 meaning the rest are minors. There was no word on whether they will prosecuted as minors however

This will prove very interesting
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The BPI Are: SONY, UNIVERSAL, WARNER GROUP, EMI.
The RIAA Soundexchange Are: SONY, UNIVERSAL, WARNER GROUP, EMI.
The IFPI Are: The same anti consumer lot as listed above!
The MPAA Are: SONY, UNIVERSAL, WARNER GROUP, DISNEY, PARAMOUNT, FOX.

620.11.2008 4:27
deveshhh
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SPAM removed

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