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Polish police target 'topsite'

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 10 Nov 2007 16:44 User comments (3)

Polish police target 'topsite' Polish police have taken a so called "topsite" server offline, which allegedly was used to distributed music illegally before its street release date. An album typically achieves the bulk of its sales in the first few weeks of its release and the record industry claims that the widespread availability of its tracks on the internet beforehand can dramatically undermine those sales.
Police shut down the HPN server during a raid at Wroclaw Technical University. The police also visited the HPN administrator’s home and have, in total, confiscated six servers with 37 hard drives containing 12 terabytes of disk space. Two people have been arrested and they are helping the police with their inquiries.

The hosted more than 11,000 complete MP3 albums and promotional CDs on its server for users to download. Investigators at IFPI, the body that represents the recording industry worldwide, ZPAV, which represents the recording industry in Poland, and anti-piracy group FOTA gathered evidence and drew the secretive HPN server to the attention of the Economic Crime Division of the Wroclaw Police who have subsequently conducted the raids and begun to question suspects.

"People that post pre-release material onto the internet are without doubt harming the music industry; one posting on a topsite can see an album appear in thousands of different locations across the internet in a matter of hours. The industry is highly focused on the problem of pre-release piracy and these actions in Poland will not be the last of their kind," Jeremy Banks, Head of the Internet Anti-Piracy Unit at IFPI, said.

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3 user comments

111.11.2007 22:11

it wasnt necessarily polish police who wanted to do this.the RIAA forced them to,nobody gives a shit there and poland is more of a software, program and game pirate country and not so much music and definitely the RIAA have their dirty hands in this and they are trying to shut everything down.guess where the money comes from?citizens that pay taxes,so F#%& THE RIAA!

212.11.2007 22:21

the MPAA RIAA BSA (not boy scouts), there all alike l

"The CRIA threatened the company renting the servers to us, and because of this it is not possible to keep the site online. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your understanding."- not going to say the site it came from

hope i dont get in trouble for posting this but this shows their true
strength, that sites been down 5 times that i can count of, eventually they are going to run out of country's to hide in

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 13 Nov 2007 @ 16:08

31.12.2007 18:12

I think its the time in the year again for this to happen every year the mpaa and the riaa have their go for glory months and they try to bring as many down as they can which by the time they fight and take down one their will be 3 more in place of that lost one.

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