Music piracy unit raids ISP in BitTorrent assault

Australia’s music industry piracy investigations unit has raided an Internet service provider in Perth in what it says is the first Australian assault on the use of BitTorrent technology for copyright infringement. Outgoing Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) general manager, Michael Speck, said the raid was launched this afternoon at the offices of Swiftel Communications in the Western Australian capital’s central business district after federal magistrate Rolf Driver yesterday granted a civil search order. “We have identified Swiftel as an ISP which has adopted BitTorrent technology to link infringers to music clips and sound recordings,” Speck commented in a statement released this afternoon. “We believe hundreds of thousands of downloads have been conducted in the last year in breach of copyright laws”.
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