Chinese anti-piracy blitz hits the Web

China's clampdown on copyright infringers is moving away from the physical and into the digital domain.

TorrentFreak says that China is coming under increasing pressure from the US government and its Big Media puppet-masters to eradicate Internet sites which distribute unlicensed music and video.

Until now the campaign has concentrated on illicit outfits which distribute counterfeit DVDs and CDs, even going as far as conducting public burnings of disks seized, but now law enforcement agencies are turning their eyes towards the Internet.

In the last few weeks China says that 650,000 cops have made 4,000 arrests and are investigating 2,000 serious infringements. Is it just us or does sending 350 cops to investigate each case sound either unlikely or a little heavy handed?

With trade talks between the USA and China in the offing, the People's Republic is also reportedly cracking down of more than 500 music download sites and is promising harsh punishments for anyone distributing tunes from the Gang of Four (Sony, EMI, Warner and Universal) without the proper paperwork.

China's YouTube equivalents Youku, Tudou, and Ku6 have also come under increasing scrutiny and are all struggling to legitimise their operations by removing dodgy uploads and striking deals with the likes of Sony and Warner.

TorrentFreak is predicting that most sites will struggle to make advertising bucks as they experience a 'content vacuum' whilst they panic to clean up their acts.