Officials from Italy's postal police division have uncovered an illegal file-sharing network involving some 100,000 individuals, including schoolteachers and college students.


MILAN -- Officials from Italy's postal police division have uncovered an illegal file-sharing network involving some 100,000 individuals, including schoolteachers and college students.

The 12-month investigation, which concluded June 6, saw officers in Pescara, Italy carry out 55 raids. Illegal CD burners, computers, servers and CDs were confiscated.

The individuals involved face prosecution and, if convicted, could pay fines of between €5,000-€25,000 ($9,000-$45,000).

"This is an important result which strikes at the heart of the country's illegal file-sharing network," Enzo Mazza, president of Italy's anti-piracy organization FPM tells ELW.

Mazza says that the network cost the national industry about to €35,000 ($43,000) per hour.