The raid on Hip2p came hot on the heels of a raid a week earlier by the MJIB against a similar pirate P2P website, Kupeer.com. Both sites provided P2P programs on their platforms that allowed users to quickly download the thousands of pirated movies they offered. In the case of Kupeer.com, the MJIB arrested the website operator, a 30 year old man and seized the computer server used. The website was immediately shut down after the raid.
Both operators face a sentence of up to two years and/or a maximum fine of $15,000.
The two raids were made possible by amendments to
MJIB investigator Hsiao Chih-Chung, who led the raid, said, “The changes in the law have definitely made our job much easier. When we go after pirate P2P websites or for that matter any pirate that encourages mass copyright theft by others, it is good to know that the law is on our side. We will continue to target these illegal websites until they are all taken down.”
“The amendments to the Copyright Law ensure that website operators who induce others to indulge in piracy are accountable for their actions. The changes clearly show
Praising the MJIB for their actions, TFACT executive director Spencer Yang said, â€œUnless people begin to think about the consequences of wholesale copyright theft, the future will be bleak for the next generation of creators. As such we are pleased to see that in giving Copyright Law teeth,