The German IFPI recently succeeded in shutting down six local eDonkey servers. The industry association got several injunctions against the owner of the servers from courts in Hamburg, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Leipzig and Frankfurt.

The affected servers were know in the eDonkey network as "Donkey Server No. 1" to "Donkey Server No. 1 No. 6". Including these six, IFPI Germany forced a total of 16 eDonkey servers to shut down this year. Further injunctions are expected for the near future.

There is some controversy surrounding the methods used by the music industry in these cases though. The owner of the six eDonkey servers in question told the German IT news site heise.de that he installed filters to stop the trading of unauthorized songs immediately after being contacted by IFPI's lawyers, but the association went ahead and got injunctions against him anyway.

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