IFPI took more than 500 illegal apps off the market

The Phono Association IFPI is currently running the so-called operation 404 . The record industry has its sights set on infringing apps.

The London-based IFPI, the world federation of the phono industry, has certain apps in its sights. Yesterday, Wednesday, the authorities of Brazil downloaded more than 251 apps from the web away. These violated the copyrights of various recording studios.

IFPI fights against operators of illegal apps

Yesterday’s day of action was considered the fourth wave of the operation 404. The IFPI estimates that such apps have been downloaded more than ten million times in Brazil alone. Only recently, on behalf of the IFPI, the authorities have ) similar apps withdrawn from the US market.


Apparently, numerous house searches were carried out yesterday, especially since the action was carried out in cooperation with the Brazilian Ministry of Justice and Public Security. In addition, the IFPI cooperated with the US Homeland Security Investigations, the Police IP Crime Unit of the City of London Police and cybercrime units from 11 Brazilian states.

The director of the national music association Pro-Música Brasil, Paulo Rosa, believes , this action sends a “a clear message to all operators of such services that they must cease their activities.” Such apps benefit from the intellectual property of third parties. However, they do so without paying the authors.

You are also endangering the growth of Brazil’s vibrant and diverse music ecosystem“, Rosa concluded his argument.

Online piracy endangers the growth of the music industry

IFPI Manager Melissa Morgia, complements the statements of her colleague. The takedown of the total 500 apps in the US and Brazil is the largest number of unlicensed cell phones -Programs that could be taken off the net in one fell swoop. At the same time, Morgia thanked the authorities in numerous nations for the successful cooperation.

Operators of the App Stores are also responsible

David Israelite, President of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) believes that one should not take responsibility for the licensing of music should only be limited to app manufacturers. The operators of the app stores that offer these apps for public download are also obliged.

You are responsible for ensuring that you do not have any infringing apps in your listing. This applies all the more because both Apple and Google provide their own distribution channels for music.

Paulo Rosa might be wrong on one point. The hope that the illegal providers due to the deterrent effect of operation 404 no imitators will be found, no matter where in the world, is unfounded. Why this is so is quickly explained. With such apps you can simply make too much money in a short time to keep your hands off it. The IFPI will undoubtedly continue its action.


Lars Sobiraj started in 500 as a career changer for various computer magazines to be. 2000 numerous other online magazines were added in addition to gulli.com. He is the founder of Tarnkappe.info. In addition, Ghandy, as he calls himself in the scene, since 2014 at various universities and training institutions attendees on how the Internet works.


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