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Massive German sweep targets pirates

Authorities raid more than 750 locations, seeking evidence of Net movie piracy operations.

German authorities conducted raids on more than 750 locations on Tuesday and Thursday this week, seeking evidence of Internet movie piracy operations.

The raids resulted in more than 15 detentions and confiscation of 19 servers, more than 40,000 CD-Rs and DVD-Rs, and more than 200 computers, according to the Motion Picture Association of America. Authorities' two-year investigation targeted online and offline distributors, Net-based "release groups," and a group that had hacked into university and corporate computers to store movie files.