Aussie Anti-Piracy Head Resigns

Michael Speck, GM of Australia's Music Industry Piracy Investigation unit, has resigned, with effect from April 15. "I have achieved a lot in terms of raising the profile of the threat of piracy in th

Michael Speck, GM of Australia's Music Industry Piracy Investigation unit, has resigned, effective April 15. The Australian Record Industry Assn., which funds MIPI, is looking for a replacement.

A member of the New South Wales police force for 17 years, Speck set up MIPI in April 1994 to spearhead the music industry's efforts against piracy.

"I have achieved a lot in terms of raising the profile of the threat of piracy in this country, and it's time to look for other challenges," says Speck, who wants to study criminology in university.

Recently, Speck was involved in building the high-profile case against peer-to-peer software provider Sharman Networks in Australia. Labels are suing Sharman, provider of the file-sharing software KaZaA, for alleged copyright infringement.

Speck has also been involved in the case against Australian Internet service provider Comcen, host to the mp3s4free.net Web service, which allowed users to share music for free.

Speck expects the two cases to be closed before he leaves MIPI.

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