GVU gets taste of their own medicine

As German media company Heise.de reports, the "Gesellschaft zur Verfolgung von Urheberrechtsverletzungen" ("Association for the Prosecution of Copyright violations") (GVU) was paid a visit by the German police.

Lots of illegal copies at the German Association for the Prosecution of Copyright violationsThis tuesday morning around 10:00, police searched more than 200 locations in Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Poland and Czechia. Overall 20 servers were confiscated, apparently they were used to distribute illegal copies of movies via FTP/FXP. No comments from the GVU so far, but you can see their stash on the picture.

This in many ways seems like poetic justice — an association that is pushing for the criminalisation of copyright violations hoping to strip- and cavity-search every man, woman, child and toddler for potentially hidden unauthorised copies, has apparently hoped to lure potential victims into their fangs by offering downloads and are now caught in their own web.

I certainly hope they themselves appreciate the experience that they seek to bring upon the rest of society.


According to a followup article on Heise.de it seems that the GVU indeed did pay the admin of a "warez" site to get IP addresses and other logged information, they also appear to have donated hardware and illegal copies themselves.

The website of the GVU is now offline, and the GVU appears to be under investigation for abetment.

Don’t ask me why, but it does remind me of the campaign in which they tried to deter kids from illegal copying by threatening them with rape in jail. Hm.

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About Georg Greve

Georg Greve is CEO and President of the Board at Kolab Systems AG, a Swiss Open Source ISV for collaboration and communication, also available as Swiss hosted service Kolab Now. During his 20+ year career in Free and Open Source Software he has been author of the Brave GNU World, one of the most widely spread columns on the subject, founding president of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and provided input to various governmental and inter-governmental organisations. In 2009 Georg was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon by the Federal Republic of Germany for his contributions to Open Source and Open Standards.
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