The Dutch anti-piracy organisation ‘Brein’ has started to use new software that has been designed to expose large scale uploaders of movies, music, games and ebooks to pirate sites. Uploaders that are caught will receive a fine, according to Brein on its website.
The organisation also wants offenders to pay damages caused by uploading copyrighted content. Brein has received permission from The ‘Dutch Personal Data Authority’ to process personal data in their new software.
Last year Brein acted on 16 cases of possession or offering of illegal digital content. The organisation settled with the affected offenders. While Brein hasn’t disclosed specific numbers, it mentions on its site that the settlement amount was up to €12,500 ($13,500) per offender.
In its fight against uploaders Brein has exposed three torrent uploaders that offered their material on large websites. They settled, paid a fine and also provided more information about other members of their release group DRT.
Also an important member of another release group, DMT, was forced to quit his upload practices. He settled for several thousands of Euros and put up a message on his profile on torrent sites to warn others.
Brein also states it has caught an usenet user that uploaded a large amount of illegal content. According to the organisation it successfully removed 343 illegal websites of which most were hosted by Dutch hosting providers. Amongst them were 63 torrent sites and 96 streaming sites.