Investigators searched apartments and business premises in Germany, France and the Netherlands in an international raid against file sharing operators.
Pirated copies of films and other content should have been distributed via the platform. According to information from the German Press Agency, this is the portal «share-online.biz».
According to the information, extensive evidence was provided. It is about "unbelievable amounts of data," said a spokesman for the Central and Cybercrime NRW, which is based at the Cologne Public Prosecutor's Office, on Thursday. The elaborate action with investigators from France, the Netherlands and Germany took place on Wednesday.
The investigation is therefore directed against three men aged 40, 48 and 54 years with residences in North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse and Saxony-Anhalt. In addition, servers used by the trio had stood in the Netherlands and in France. The 54-year-old was the main suspect and live in the area of Aachen, said the spokesman for the prosecutor.
There were no arrests. The operators are alleged to have committed through the operation of the file-sharing platform multiple aid for the commercial unauthorized exploitation of copyright works, according to the investigators. The allegedly organized by the suspects online portal is according to the prosecutor, according to the largest operated in Germany so-called Filehoster.
His copyrighted works have been offered for download via the platform. There are also incentives for users to upload pirated copies. It was about movies, series, erotic productions and music acted. Through the operation of the platform, the suspects, according to the prosecutor from April 2008 to October 2017 have made a turnover of more than 50 million euros.