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Federal Police conducts operation against copyright infringement

On January 15, 2019, the Federal Police launched operation “Copyright”, aimed at investigating crimes of copyright infringement and criminal association by a website that allowed users to illegally download movies, games and music. Created nine years ago, the website had 140,000 users registered in different countries, including Brazil, and received around 9 million hits per year.

The operation originated from a complaint from the Association for the Protection of Intellectual and Phonographic Rights (APDIF), which represents label companies. It is estimated that the website caused losses in the music segment of approximately 38 million reais.