Major copyright infringing forum shut in Argentina
17th March 2009
A web forum that was used to distribute copyrighted files to more than 110,000 registered users in Latin America has been closed down. Emep3.com.ar was closed following an investigation by CAPIF, which represents the recording industry in Argentina.
CAPIF had notified the forum’s operators of potential copyright infringement problems after its enquiries found the site contained more than 130,000 posts linking to unauthorised music files.
Figures from alexa.com suggest the forum’s users were mainly Argentines (73%), with Mexicans (7.4%) and Chileans (4.7%) also using the site. The forum was the 907th most accessed site in Argentina.
CAPIF identified the site operator in early March 2009 and requested that he remove the links to copyright infringing content. Ten days later the whole forum was taken down.
Targeting strategic forums that act as important focal points for illegal content distribution is part of IFPI’s regional internet anti-piracy campaign.
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