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File Sharing Search Engine ‘FileCrop’ Shut Down by UK Police Due to Alleged Copyright Infringement

Postby sunnyd » Tue May 27, 2014 6:06 pm

What appears to be a new trend by the PIPCU in the UK when it comes to site takedowns for alleged copyright infringement, is the recent takedown of The site didn’t host any files, it just operated as a search engine for files on various file hosting sites such as RapidShare, Mediafire and Mega. Users could search for content on the other sites by using FileCrop.

When trying to access the site now, visitors are greeted with a message on the main website page that says that the UK London police have shut down the site, and that it is under investigation for online copyright infringement. The site was taken down by The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU).

Last year the BPI had listed FileCrop on a takedown list for domains linked to copyright infringement so this news isn't really surprising since the site is related to file sharing. However, it’s a first-of-a-kind takedown for a search engine.

This is just another example of the UK enforcing takedowns for alleged copyright infringement sites, but apparently whether or not the site actually hosts files is irrelevant to the PIPCU.

We'll keep you posted if there are any updates on this.

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Re: File Sharing Search Engine ‘FileCrop’ Shut Down by UK Po

Postby Dazzle_2 » Tue May 27, 2014 9:48 pm

I think this is another shot-in-the-foot-operation very much of the kind we saw some years ago in regard to the Oink bit torrent site.

There is no law that I am aware of on the UK statute books in regard to third party copyright liability so as long as these folks where not actually hosting content they are going to be able to claim civil damages for this illegal action.

It seems the BPI and thier ilk are pretty lame at fact checking and are happy to mislead the police when it suits their media monopolist paymasters, its a pity such real criminals are not placed behind bars.
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