A 33 year-old man has been arrested in the UK in connection with an investigation into DV8, a group that the BPI and IFPI claim has been responsible for leaking more than 2,500 albums before their release. According to Billboard, the investigation by the City of London Police and Intellectual Property Office has already recovered promotional CDs and computer equipment. “This successful operation sends a clear message – we are serious about tackling the problem of Intellectual Property theft,” says IP minister David Lammy. Isn’t that jumping the gun, given this man hasn’t actually been convicted yet? However, the BPI’s director of anti-piracy says the investigation is expected to “yield a lot of useful evidence and intelligence about the ”scene” and the criminal activities of those involved in pre-release music uploading”, while IFPI anti-piracy boss Jeremy Banks says the investigation has already led to a big drop in activity from other pre-release leakers.

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