The German branch of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry has confirmed that it has closed down over 100 illegal music sites in the past few months.
The German IFPI group said it has been specifically directed at websites which are offering pirated MP3 downloads of songs.
Working alongside IFPI members in 70 other countries, the German group reguarly carries out searches for music sites that are carrying tracks which they have not obtained copyright clearance for.
The MP3 compression standard has come under severe criticism from the music industry because it claims it opens up the Internet to piracy. But despite its protests, MP3 continues to be a run-away success on the Internet.
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