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Cybercrime in Eastern Europe

Date: May 08, 2007

Modern-day pirates have switched from ships to computers to plunder copyrighted material on the boundless Internet seas. But the copyright holders are starting to fire their cannons back.

One of the present-day pirates, nicknamed Lubsoft, looted 750 gigabytes (GB) of film, music and software booty and kind-heartedly shared the swag with his equals through a peer-to-peer (P2P) network. He was discovered by the Czech branch of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which alerted the police.

The special unit for detecting computer crime, founded by the Prague city police in 2005, monitored Lubsoft’s behavior and gathered proof before handing the case to the court. It handed him a seven-month suspended sentence for causing damage worth Kč 1 million (€ 35,560).

“It’s the first court ruling in a case of sharing through a P2P network initiated by IFPI in the Czech Republic,” said Petra Žikovská, the managing director of the Czech branch of IFPI, adding that more sentences will follow.
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