Spain beefs up crackdown on online Internet pornography, piracy

Spanish authorities arrested 28 people in major operations targeting Internet child pornography and media piracy, police and the interior ministry said, according to an AFP report.

The report said police arrested 15 people suspected of involvement in piracy, mainly computer engineers and members of Internet service companies, in an operation that the ministry described as "without precedent in Europe."

In a separate operation, police arrested 13 men aged 20 to 68 who were suspected of accessing a file-sharing site featuring a video of an adult raping a nine-year-old girl, the report said.

The ongoing anti-piracy operation, run by Spain's Technological Research Brigade, targeted the illegal use of peer-to-peer file-sharing programs to copy music, films, games and computer programs, the report said.

The operation started in October 2005 following complaints from intellectual property organizations, the report further said.

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