Police go after pirate websites

10 December 2013

music piracy Websites that have illegally hosting copyrighted content on them are being targeted by the police, specifically the City of London Police in an operation headed-up by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU).

61 websites have been identified and were asked to "correct their behaviour" and "operate legitimately". Those not playing ball with the authorities were passed to brands with a request that they stop advertising on the sites.

Trying to throttle their revenue is all well and good, but this rather polite enforcement won't deter pirates who will no doubt have worked out a way to avoid the long arm and stay in operation. For the time being, forty websites have now been suspended.

This operation is a partnership known as Operation Creative, which sees the police teaming up with advertising bodies and representatives of the music industries. However, you get the impression that trying to stop internet pirates is liking trying to catch rain in a butterfly net.

This pilot went on for three months and the PIPCU said the presence of advertising from brands went down by 12%. The kicker with that is famous brands were soon replaced by a sharp increase in adverts that showed explicit content or exposed users to malware.

"Operation Creative is being run... to really get to grips with a criminal industry that is making substantial profits by providing and actively promoting access to illegally obtained and copyrighted material," said Supt Bob Wishart. "However, if they refuse to comply we now have the means to persuade businesses to move their advertising to different platforms and, if offending continues, for registrars to suspend the websites."

The operation is looking to roll out fully in 2014.

TOPICS:   Technology   UK News


  • jokester2
    Interesting how they can do this pointless shit but whenever people report a REAL crime, they say they haven't got time.... WANKERS. Also, most coppers I've met are basically neo-nazis with a god complex and who love abusing their power.
  • Paul
    What a piece of crap. Who makes profit from free links on websites? Maybe if you get a premium account for 7 pounds. Oh no 7 pounds per person. Nothing compares to money which bankers steal from us LEGALLY every month.
  • Serenepd
    ....hmm what is the figure bankers steal from us each month?
  • A B.
    8 pounds.
  • Paul
    No point arguing with people who are a little bit "limited" :]
  • Brian's U.
    How about amazon pay what they owe in tax? And I'm also looking at you Vodafone. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22549434 Bloody large corporations not paying what they owe. Let's boycott Amazon and go with the indepent local high street!
  • Alan
    61 websites? What a waste of time, I am sure (know) that is a drop in the ocean. Presumably they can only affect UK hosted websites
  • Tom
    Presumably they can only affect UK hosted websites Nah we lost the right to freedom on speech when we allowed the Gov to block any website they like, this was backed by 'if you don't agree you must be a paedophile' as we 'only' want to block paedo porn.
  • Dick
    They haven't got talklikeapirate.com yet.

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