The Australian record industry's anti-piracy division yesterday (March 10) raided the premises of a leading Internet services provider accused of music copyright infringement.

The Australian record industry's anti-piracy division yesterday (March 10) raided the premises of a leading Internet services provider accused of music copyright infringement.

Investigators from the Music Industry Piracy Investigation unit searched the Perth premises of Swiftel Communications for evidence that it had adopted BitTorrent technology. BitTorrent enables high-speed downloading of large digital files. The Federal Magistrates Court in Sydney granted MIPI a civil search warrant for the procedure.

"We have identified Swiftel as an ISP which has adopted BitTorrent technology to link infringers to music clips and sound recordings," says MIPI GM Michael Speck. "We believe hundreds of thousands of downloads have been conducted during the last year in breach of copyright laws."

Speck says his team will use the evidence gathered in the raids to bring a copyright prosecution before the courts.

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