German Authorities Close In Piracy Probe


Another file-hosting site linked to copyright infringement goes dark in Megaupload’s aftermath

Police in Germany have raided and taken down the cyberlocker, arresting the alleged owner and an individual who provided hosting services.

According to TorrentFreak and Heise Online, the action relates the file-hosting service to the movie streaming site, which was closed last June in what was reported as one of the largest anti-piracy busts in history.

Pirates raided

The German Federation against Copyright Infringement (GVU) identified as part of’s broad piracy ring, which operated in Germany, Spain, France and the Netherlands, based on a report from Heise Online. The file-hosting site supposedly uploaded more than 10,000 films as part of’s paid affiliate scheme. After it closed down, alternative portal names, including sprang up.

The arrests in Frankfurt are part of broader operation to clamp down on the portals that provided content to the streaming site. TorrentFreak claims that over a dozen arrests have been made since the initial June raids. Among those is’s alleged owner and operator Maik P., a 28-year-old held solely responsible for the 10,000 films uploaded.

The man arrested as the site’s supposed hosting provider is 25-year-old Marcel E., who is thought to have also hosted servers for movie streaming sites.

In October 2011, a web designer and administrator for were sentenced to two and a half year and three year sentences respectively, a sign of the potential sentences the two men may face. Other individuals arrested in connected with have cases pending.’s closure is the latest piracy-affliated site to go dark this year after the voluntary closure of BTjunkie and the high-profile seizure of Megaupload. Yesterday, Kim Dotcom, the latter’s owner, was granted bail by a New Zealand court. His case against extradition to the US will be heard in August.


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