Los Angeles – A dozen BitTorrent file-sharing sites in the
U.S. have been taken offline following actions taken by Dutch anti-piracy firm
BREIN in coordination with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA),
TorrentFreak reported.

The sites in question were not named in a statement from

TorrentFreak, which covers the file-sharing space, said it had received
no reports of outages on any popular file-sharing sites.

"New sites are popping
up, but we take these down faster and faster so they can’t gain an
audience," BREIN head Tim Kuik told TorrentFreak.

"Our goal is to
limit the availability of illegal sites so people rather use legal platforms.
BREIN doesn’t publish any names because some sites relocate and start over

In November, the U.S. government seized the domains of dozens
of sites accused of piracy, including


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