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Dutch anti-piracy association BREIN has helped shut down more than 230 illegal sites in the first six months of 2017.
The actions included 45 cyberlocker link sites, 30 streaming sites and nine torrents sites.
The figures, released on Thursday, July 20, also highlighted that nearly 700,000 search results containing links to websites that infringe copyright were also removed following BREIN’s efforts.
According to BREIN, the percentage of illegal downloaders in the Netherlands has fallen from 41% at the end of 2013 to 27% by 2017.
As reported by our sister site WIPR in April, a ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union stated that sellers of media players enabling access to pirated content could be liable for copyright infringement.
By June this year, 54 sellers of illegal media players had been removed,according to BREIN.
Seven Facebook groups and 14 “major uploaders” were also removed this year, BREIN said.
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