An Italian judge has ordered the operators of online music
pirate sites to forfeit more than €2.4 million following an
investigation into copyright infringement.
The ruling follows legal proceedings relating to a number of
Italian websites that were used to offer unlicensed music for
unlawful downloading. The websites had been the object of an
investigation by the Italian Fiscal Police (GDF) back in 2003
with the support of the Federation against Music Piracy (FPM).
This investigation led to the charging of more than 54 people
throughout Italy, but was dropped as a result of the expiry of
the relevant limitation period. The Judge for Preliminary
Investigations (GIP), however, considered it had been proved
that the offences had been committed and ordered the seizure and
the destruction of the computers in question and the forfeiture
of money that had been previously frozen by the Office of the
Public Prosecutor amounting to more than €2.4 million.