IFPI: 335 Internet cafés in Brazil raided

In the second week of January, 600 police officers from 93 districts of the Special Operations Division in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo conducted more than 335 raids on internet cafés, resulting in the seizure of 2,339 computers containing more than one million illegal music files and the arrest of one suspect. The Associacao Anti-pirateria de Cinema e Musica, the joint IFPI/MPA anti-piracy group, provided significant intelligence to the police. The IFPI noted that according to independent market research, over 20% of illegal downloading and burning in Brazil takes place in internet cafes, and the latest estimates suggest that Brazilians download over 1.8 billion copyright infringing tracks annually.

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Seriously if you want to run a cybercafe just have no HD, run linux from a live CD or a memory stick on your machines, give the client no ability to store anything on your company property, sell large capacity USB memory sticks on site.

Obviously this won't do if you want to offer online gaming, but it's a pretty solid solution if you just need to offer a web browser.

Owners of Internet cafes, in my opinion, should be not held responsible for computers containing illegally shared music because sometimes for underfunded cafes (which is a general case I suppose), there is a lot of administrative overhead and TCO for monitoring the computers and keeping them clean - that considering that also most of the net cafes cannot afford to purchase software licenses and tend to run pirated software just because Windows is expensive, and games are expensive, and people need them but the income isn't enough...

This might not be in the case of cafes in the US or EU, but it's true in many rather under-developed countries.

The first part is false. According to the site of Public Security of State of São Paulo (link, Portuguese language), the objective of the raids were to locate internet cafes working without permission and that might be using illegal software (including there gambling games) and hardware, no mention to those "more than one million illegal music files". :suspicious:

Now if they only put that much effort into stopping off duty police from getting hired out by store owners to kill homeless children....

600 police officers from 93 districts , 335 raids , seizure of 2,339 computers containing more than one million illegal music files .


arrest of one suspect
??????????????? WTF

Nice ratio

i think what happens with a serious crime.

(Icepick4u said @ #4)
600 police officers from 93 districts , 335 raids , seizure of 2,339 computers containing more than one million illegal music files.
arrest of one suspect
??????????????? WTF

... or computerization of the police force was successful.

"and the latest estimates suggest that Brazilians download over 1.8 billion copyright infringing tracks annually"
COMPLETE bull****