PayPal joins the police force to tackle piracy
It was announced in March that MasterCard and Visa would be withdrawing their payment services on websites which sell copyright infringing music. Since this move they have removed their payment facilities from 24 music service site. These two are massive players in the payment industry and now with them on board the next logical step for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (representatives of the recording industry worldwide) was to approach, with the City of London Police, arguably the next biggest player - PayPal.
Now, PayPal is joining forces with the City of London Police to combat music piracy. Their Acceptable Use Policy of PayPal states it will not tolerate the use of activities which will:
a) 'violate any law, statute, ordinance or regulation'
b) 'relate to the sales of items that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity
c) 'items that infringe copyright, trademark, right of publicity or privacy or any other proprietary right under the laws of any jurisdiction'
If the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry anti-piracy investigators believe that they have enough evidence to prove that they have found an infringing site then they will provide the City of London Police with their evidence. Once the police have verified the evidence, they are able to notify PayPal who can then take action. PayPal will then request the relevant music licence from the retailer and quite possibly in the meantime suspend its services to that retailer until this is provided.
Carl Scheible, PayPal UK’s managing director, commented:
“This announcement shows that PayPal is very serious about fighting music piracy. We’ve always banned PayPal’s use for the sale of content that infringes copyright, and the new system will make life even harder for illegal operators. Our partnership with the music industry helps rights holders make money from their own content while stopping the pirates in their tracks.”
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