From a U.S. federal court decision last week to governmental crackdowns and British ISP Virgin Media's attempt at intervention, moves are under way worldwide to crack down on Web-based pirating of copyrighted content. In the U.S., a judge ruled file-sharing conduit LimeWire had broken copyright and anti-competition laws; in the U.K., Virgin Media has blocked access to popular file-sharing sites such as Rapidshare and Megaupload. In Australia and Spain, authorities are coming under pressure to act against violators.

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