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Ukrainian Charged in Crackdown on Illegal File Sharing Sites

Artem Vaulin, 30, was arrested Wednesday in Poland on copyright and money laundering charges

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    Federal prosecutors filed charges against a Ukrainian man accused of running illegal file sharing websites, NBC News reported. 

    Artem Vaulin, 30, was arrested Wednesday in Poland on copyright and money laundering charges. The State Department said it would seek to have him brought to the United States for trial. 

    Prosecutors said Vaulin owned and ran a commercial website allowing users to illegally copy and distribute movies, video games, TV shows and songs since 2008. Court documents put the value of the stolen material well over $1 billion. 

    "This criminal case is a major step to reduce illegal theft of creative content by large-scale piracy sites," said Chris Dodd, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America.