BREIN shutters 30 file sharing sites in Holland

January 2011


Nearly 30 websites associated with BitTorrent, Usenet and other file-sharing networks have been shuttered by authorities in The Netherlands, according to TorrentFreak. The closures were made at the behest of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Dutch anti-piracy agency BREIN. The 29 sites were all hosted in the U.S., but taken down under Dutch law because they are “directed at the Dutch public” and “unlawful under Dutch law” BREIN director Tim Kuik told TorrentFreak.  “This year we have made over 600 of these sites inaccessible. Some seek refuge in a foreign or hosting provider. These 29 apparently thought that in America they could go undisturbed. That is incorrect,” Kuik said.  “Through cooperation with our foreign colleagues we can make sites in other countries inaccessible.”

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