Raids on film provider in Germany, France and Spain

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Police carried out coordinated raids in Germany, France and Spain Wednesday in connection with a probe into an Internet film provider suspected of breaching copyright rules, German authorities said.

Police investigating the German-language company, used by four million customers daily, raided some 20 premises in Germany, the prosecutor's office in Dresden, southeastern Germany, said.

Thirteen people have been detained and one is still being sought, the statement said. It did not specify where the arrests had taken place.

The firm, which streams films over the Internet, is suspected of being involved with a criminal organisation and of breaching copyright laws over one million times, the prosecutor's office said.

© 2011 AFP

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