MPAA closes 29 file sharing sites

Dutch anti piracy outfit BREIN has teamed up with Hollywood copyright cops the MPAA to shut down 29 web sites thought to be involved in 'illegal' file sharing.

The BitTorrent and Usenet indexing sites, none of which actually hosts or posts illegal files, have not been named because the authorities involved are well aware that they will be up and running again on different servers in a matter of days, if not hours.

A BREIN spokesman said that naming the 29 "would amount to free PR for the sites that intend to continue their unlawful activities at another hosting provider. These are not large sites and we want to keep it that way."

The general buzz in the P2P community is that the copyright cops have done the world a bit of a favour by sweeping away some of the crappier sites whilst leaving the biggest and best indexing outfits to their own devices.

TorrentFreak is reporting that, despite being hosted on US servers, Dutch law was cited as the reason for the closures. BREIN says it has closed over 600 similar sites this year but these 29 are the first to be located on American soil.

The sites were apparently closed by putting pressure on hosting companies which further explains why no sites of any apparent significance were affected.

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