Italian authorities last week announced an operation to combat piracy via Telegram. Police officers acted to interrupt 545 channels and carried out search and seizure warrants in five regions of Italy. Eight administrators are suspected of violating copyright laws in the country.
According to the Finance Guard, an authority that deals with financial crime and smuggling, Telegram channels had more than 430,000 participants. All, according to the agency, did not pay anything to enter, but the administrators found ways to earn money from this activity.
The first method involved posting product links to channels. When people bought them, a percentage was commissioned to the administrators. The second form of monetization is described by Guarda as “sponsorship”, where banners were inserted into channels in exchange for payment from advertisers.
The eight suspects live in the regions of Lombardy, Piedmont, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna and Campania, while the more than 430,000 users are spread across Italy. The investigation came after the Order of Journalists of Lombardy denounced the illegal dissemination of copies of newspapers and magazines online.
Although the target channels of the operation have not been officially identified, O TorrentFreak found out that they mainly promoted magazines, newspapers and books from the country. In addition, some other channels also published movies, series, TV shows and other content, all of which are protected by copyright law.
Justice wants identity of those who share piracy
A few weeks ago, the Supreme Court in Delhi, India, ordered Telegram provide channel details and which devices are used to advertise or sell pirated content. The order came after a teacher sued the messenger, claiming her materials were being released without her authorization.
For one of the judges, who objected to the courier’s apology, not even the laws protecting freedom of expression in India should be an obstacle for the company to provide the Supreme Court with the requested data.
With information: TorrentFreak