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Fans of "shake" from the Internet waiting for severe punishment

April 6 2006

In Europe, the fight with the network "piracy" goes on show trials in the phase of confrontation. In some European countries the legal framework not only allows "shpynyat, but also to plant.

The main function of Cerberus in this process has taken the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFFIm). At the initiative of the Institute in Western Europe alone - more than 10 countries - was brought about 2,000 court cases. In all the episodes appear violators of copyright - active users of file sharing networks.

Prosecution of "pirates" is over the entire European territory: in Finland, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Portugal, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy and others. While the focus is directed at those who puts audio and video files online for free download. Basically it's top users of the largest illegal (in terms of IFFIm) ad hoc networks P2P: Fast Track (Kazaa), Gnutella (Bear Share), E-donkey, Direct Connect, Bit Torrent, Limewire, Win MX and Soul Seek. And the list, I suppose, remains open.

The process of calculating the "Pirates" looks pretty unpretentious. In order to identify the man, is user-P2P-network, the normal search technology and automated systems that establish IP-address of the victim. Further, the technical data it appears a registered user.

Until recently, the most serious pressure was recorded in Portugal, where sales of conventional CDs have decreased over the past few years, approximately 40%. However, this situation is observed everywhere in Europe, and the patient record and distribution companies who are suffering huge losses, is exhausted.

Losses in the millions, if not billions. In Britain, for instance, music companies last year, missed more than $ 800 million. In general, according to the British Phonographic Industry, for three years due to the popularity of file sharing networks, the business lost about $ 2 billion.

As a result, large companies such as Sony and EMI, insist on the early adoption of a law on combating cyber-terrorism, which may be the main measure of impact on the network "pirates". It is assumed that responsibility with the young "criminals" section of their parents.

Meanwhile, in France without the Internet remains the first batch of "pirates" - according to a court order providers refused to provide his services to 100 users. In the near future the impact of such a measure could be introduced in Denmark and later in several other countries.

On the waiting list as Sweden , where from the 9,000,000 total population of files on a network share over 1 million people, as well as Denmark.

In Italy, the fight is tougher. In recent weeks, there were observed special operations, during which computers were seized and servers in order to study the contents of their hard drives.

However, in Germany the authorities have gone further, taking unprecedented in its severity measures. The country has been approved by the law, which states that "piracy" is equated to a serious offense. For downloading a movie or music for personal use you can end up in jail for up to two years. For attempting for commercial gain will give much more - five years.

Akon will come into force on 1 January 2007, and the Government strongly advises that time to say goodbye to an addiction to download everything that comes their way and share it with others.

The law has caused outrage, including from human rights organizations, and is currently around it is a fierce debate.

Meanwhile the Internet magazine The Inquirer wonders why IFFIm not to do in Eastern Europe and Russia , where a much greater scope for the introduction of various kinds of sanctions.


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