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Colombo-BT Shut down
July 29, 2008
Thomas Mennecke
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The IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) helped score a sizable victory against Colombo-BT.org, a BitTorrent site touted as the largest in Italy. With the enlistment of the Italian police and the Italian anti-piracy group FPM (affiliated with the IFPI), the tracker's servers were seized and two bank accounts frozen. The administrators of the site, although not arrested, were charged with criminal copyright infringement and face several years in prison.

Visitors heading to Colombo-BT.org will no longer find their high ranking BitTorrent site in operation. Instead, an all too common message is splashed across the screen, "Access denied in execution of an Italian Court Authority injunction."

"Colombo-BT.org was Italy's version of The Pirate Bay," said FPM president Enzo Mazza. "Its operators deliberately facilitated availability of copyright infringing content to line their own pockets. The gang of three now face potential prison sentences and hefty fines as a result of their activities. This police action sends a strong message that Italy will not tolerate serious online music piracy so criminals looking for get rich quick schemes should consider other options."

Although Colombo-BT.org was not quite on par with The Pirate Bay, it maintained a large presence in the BitTorrent community. The site had an extensive collection of Italian music and multimedia, "390,000 music files and 500,000 movie files, including numerous pre-release titles. The illegal service had more than 400,000 registered users and 800,000 unique user accesses each month."

Eliminating Colombo-BT.org may stop the immediate trading of these 390,000 music files, however there are still 400,000 registered users looking for a place to call home.

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