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P2P Police Raids
October 1, 2004
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The movie industry’s international wing, the MPA, has raided the homes of 12 P2P users in Iceland.

The police raids were requested by the MPA’s Icelandic arm, called SMAIS, against users sharing up to 2500GBs of files in hubs on the Direct Connect network.

The small Nordic country, which has a population of 300,000, has the highest internet connection rate in the world, running at 79% (December 2002 statistic).

The news has sent shockwaves through the country, with Internet traffic falling to 40% of the pre-raid bandwidth.

SMAIS is part of the Nordic Anti-Piracy Organizations (NAPO) group, who “[focus] on helping each other out in the fight against internet piracy.” This could spell future bad news for file sharers in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.

The news coincides with an article by, which reports a French file sharer’s house was raiding by police earlier this summer. suggests that the 28 year old teacher is the first victim of many to come.

The report goes on to say that the French Federal Union of Consumers (UFC-Que choisir - French) has made a joint statement condemning the cartel's action, calling it an attack, "led by the music majors against the same people who buy their music."

Discovering how many file sharers need to be behind bars before governments realize their mistake could be a lengthy and costly process.

This story is filed in these Slyck News categories
Legal/Courtroom :: Individual Lawsuits
Entertainment Industry :: IFPI
File-Sharing/P2P Related :: International

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