The FBI Busts a Huge Music Piracy Site

The biggest one in America, in fact. Ever use Sharebeat? Yeah, that one. Music Business Worldwide has the story.

The largest illegal music file-sharing site based in the United States,, has been seized and shut down by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

A US Department of Justice (DOJ) domain seizure notice first appeared on Friday (September 11).

Anyone visiting the domain is now confronted by the notice (pictured), which states that the FBI has taken control of the site ‘pursuant to a seizure warrant issued by a United States District Court’.

Sharebeast’s related sites such as and also now display the notice.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) said that the Sharebeast network of sites was responsible for the distribution of a massive library of popular albums and tracks.

It reports that Sharebeast has been “particularly problematic in its distribution of pre-release leaks of thousands of songs”.

The site hit headlines earlier this year for reportedly leaking Kanye West’s new album, SWISH.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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