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<nettime> Italian DJ fined EUR1.4M

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   Wednesday February 16, 07:49 PM

   Italian DJ fined for music piracy

   ROME (Reuters) - An Italian DJ has been fined a record 1.4 million
   euros (970,000 pounds) for using thousands of pirate music files in a
   nightclub near Rome, police say.

   Police in the town of Rieti, near Rome, said on Wednesday they raided
   a popular nightclub earlier this week as part of a crackdown on piracy
   and seized 500 illegally copied music videos and more than 2,000 MP3
   music files.

   Police said the files belonged to a "well-known" Italian DJ.

   "For the MP3 files, which were kept on the DJ's personal computer, the
   DJ has received a fine of 1.4 million euros," Rieti finance police
   said in a statement.

   The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) said
   the fine was the biggest ever slapped on an individual for unlawful
   music copying and the use of copyrighted music in the MP3 format.

   More than 7,000 legal actions have been launched against alleged
   uploaders in the United States, Canada and countries in Europe as the
   music industry fights to stop piracy which it blames for a decline
   over a number of years in CD sales.


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