Brein took over 200 download sites offline in 2016

Brein took over 200 download sites offline in 2016

Brein, the organisation which on behalf of copyright holders try to make illegal copies of their work on the internet to eradicate, last year, 231 web sites or services offline. There were files are illegally exchanged.

Reports that the organisation on Tuesday in an annual review. In 2016 were also 26 “big uploaders” are addressed, which are often a compensation of thousands of euros to pay.

By the actions of the Brain were 34 torrentsites, 63 streamingsites and 84 ‘cyberlockers’ hit. To such services offline send Brain alerts to hosts and start the organization, where necessary, litigation.

There were also eighteen Facebook-groups closed after a message from Brain. It included groups in which users music files and e-books are exchanged.

In addition, let the foundation more than 2.5 million Google search results to remove, as it was referred to illegal files. Since Google makes it possible to results to delete, did Brain this is already more than 15 million times.


In 2017, says Brain to continue to want to go with the tackling of illegal uploaders. In addition, the organisation offers providers so far get a warning if the customer files illegally downloaded. There work the providers not yet participating in this.

This year will also be some important decisions are expected, which can have major consequences for the illegal distribution of movies, music and other files. Thus, judgment of the European Court of justice or providers may be required to torrentsite The Pirate Bay block. A court in the Netherlands decided earlier that this blockade had to be imported, but in appeal it was again reverted.

Also decision the court in Amsterdam in the coming months, or so-called ‘fan-subs’ are legal. That are mi files for subtitles made by fans of films and tv-series and which are likely to be linked to illegally downloaded files.

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