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CITY OF LONDON POLICE, MANHATTAN D.A.’s OFFICE ARREST MAN ON SUSPICION OF STEALING MUSIC FROM AWARD-WINNING INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTARS AND SELLING IT FOR CRYPTOCURRENCY

A suspected hacker has been arrested for allegedly accessing world-famous recording artists’ websites and cloud-based accounts illegally, stealing unreleased songs, and selling the stolen music in exchange for cryptocurrency.

In a coordinated day of action targeting individuals involved with streaming illegally obtained music, the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) executed searches of a property in North London and a property in Ipswich. In Ipswich, a 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of copyright and computer misuse act offences.

The Manhattan D.A.’s office launched the investigation of this case after receiving referrals from the recording artists’ management companies. They identified one of the potential perpetrators as living in the UK and helped effectuate today’s arrest through its formal partnership with the City of London Police.

The property in North London was linked to the investigation, and subject to a police search warrant, following information received by PIPCU from IFPI, the organisation that represents the recording industry worldwide.

Detective Inspector Nick Court, from the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit, said:

“Today’s action marks a significant point in our investigation into the individuals responsible for stealing music and selling it on illegal streaming websites, worldwide. This sort of crime causes significant financial loss to those who work so incredibly hard to produce, write and make music for their fans to enjoy.

"I am grateful for the support of our partners and colleagues in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and IFPI in this case, which demonstrates the capability of enforcement agencies to work across international borders to disrupt criminal activity and identify those involved so they can be put before the courts.”

Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., said:

“As one of the world’s leading creative capitals, New York City is dedicated to protecting artists’ intellectual property and ensuring that those who steal it face the music. As demonstrated by this investigation, my office has the expertise, resources, and partnerships to help cybercrime victims reach across the globe to get justice.

"I thank our extraordinary colleagues at the City of London Police for their strong collaboration on this case and throughout our unique partnership, which has yielded ten major law enforcement actions, including significant indictments related to securities fraud, art schemes, and cybercrime.” 


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