The website of Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) has been taken down by a distributed denial-of-service attack launched by the Anonymous group.

At the time of writing, bmi.com remains down but the company claimed not to have experienced a security breach, while ‘access has not been obtained to any secure content'.

In a statement, BMI said: “We believe that this attack is part of their misguided campaign to attack creative rights. The group has launched attacks on other agencies around the world representing creators in the past.”

Last year the Anonymous group conducted attacks against the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the British Phonographic Industry websites in a retaliation attack for file sharing sites such as The Pirate Bay being taken down.

A statement from Anonymous read: “We have seen BMI consistently legislate copyright and consequently have decided to take action to show the people will not stand for its crimes against the public. As of the time of the writing of this letter, BMI has been taken down by our successful attack.

“This is a message to you and other corporations like you: we will not stand this abuse anymore. No company shall take advantage of our government to churn out profits and censor information in any form. This is unacceptable and will be dealt with accordingly by Anonymous.

“We are not pirates, we are not hackers in our mother's basement. We are Anonymous. We do not forgive, we do not forget, you should have expected us.”