The Swedish anti-piracy bureau, Svenska Antipiratbyran, claimed a major victory in the ongoing battle against online piracy Sept. 26 as it announced the shutdown of BlueCrap, a server used to illegall

LONDON (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The Swedish anti-piracy bureau, Svenska Antipiratbyran, claimed a major victory in the ongoing battle against online piracy Sept. 26 as it announced the shutdown of BlueCrap, a server used to illegally swap movies, television programs and other copyrighted material.

In the past two years, BlueCrap released more than 15,000 copyrighted movies and TV episodes, making it "one of the highest-ranked underground pirate servers in Europe," the Swedish agency said.

The shuttered server contained 2,000 gigabytes of storage and massive bandwidth, which allowed for a movie to be transferred in less than 10 seconds.

BlueCrap was operated by an individual nicknamed Swemike and was the exclusive domain of a select group of pirates, including seven well-known movie and TV piracy gangs.

Henrik Ponten of the Svenska Antipiratbyran said: "Such large scale illegal activity damages not just the film industry but also seriously harmed the company at which the server was located and whose resources were put to improper use."

Ponten said he hoped the case would lead to "future cooperation between the film industries and companies whose resources are used by the pirates in the furthering of their unlawful activities."

"This is a significant victory in our battle to put Internet movie thieves out of business," Motion Picture Assn. chairman/CEO Dan Glickman said in a statement. "BlueCrap and other top-level piracy operators should know they are not above the law and we will not tolerate theft of copyrighted materials."

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