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Police coordinate Euro pirate raids

September 9, 2010

Police have conducted a series of raids across Europe in the biggest crackdown yet on file-sharing. 48 sites were targeted in countries including the Netherlands, Czech Republic and Hungary.

In Sweden, seven premises were raided including PRQ, which is believed to host Pirate Bay and the revelatory website WikiLeaks. Co-ordinated by Belgian police, the operation was the culmination of a two-year investigation.

Swedish prosecutors said the raids targeted a network called “The Scene” which offered downloads of films before they were available on DVD. Umea University was among the premises targeted. The raids resulted in four arrests in Sweden and servers and computers have been seized from all seven Swedish premises.

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