European Police Arrest 10 In Internet Piracy Raids

Ten people have been arrested in raids across Europe in connection to an investigation into illegal file hosting and distribution.

The Belgian police have also seized 48 servers in over 12 countries, including France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Belgium, and Sweden, news agency the Associated Press has reported.

Out of the 10 arrested, five were arrested in Belgium, with the others found in Norway and Sweden.

"They are between 25 and 30 years old and they knew what they were doing. They have the notion that all has to be free," said Swedish police coordinator, Paul Pinter.

According to Jean-Marc Meilleur, a representative of Brussel's prosecutor's office, these scamming groups are expected to have caused a loss of at least €30 million within Belgium, and nearly €6 billion across the world.

The raid, co-ordinated by the Belgian police, is a result of a two year investigation dedicated to crack down on computer pirates responsible for the piracy and copyright infringement of movies and television content across the web.