Police raid den of Web pirates

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A Swedish police raid on an Internet service provider has struck a major blow against European piracy of movies and music on the Web.

Raid was carried out Thursday at the Stockholm offices of Bahnhof, Sweden’s oldest and largest ISP, which U.S. copyright protection experts have considered a haven for high-level Net piracy for years.

“The material seized contained evidence of a piracy organization operating throughout all of Europe,” said John Malcolm, worldwide antipiracy operations director at the Motion Picture Assn. of America.

Authorities seized four computer servers — one reputed to be the biggest pirate server in Europe — containing 1,800 digital movie files, 5,000 software application files and 450,000 digital audio files, enough content for up to 3½ years of uninterrupted play.

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