UK police crackdown on pirate site ads

Websites illegally hosting copyrighted content have been targeted by City of London Police.In an operation run by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), 61 websites were identified as displaying unauthorised material.They were asked to “correct their behaviour” and “operate legitimately”. see:Initiative puts squeeze on advertising revenues of copyright infringing websites
Major brands have cut their advertising on copyright infringing websites during a pilot initiative to squeeze the revenues generated by such sites, the City of London Police (CoLP) has said.CoLP’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) identified a “clear and positive trend” from its three month pilot in which it collaborated with creative and advertising industry bodies to try to cut the revenues generated in advertising by copyright infringing sites. It said that advertising of well known brands on 61 copyright infringing websites declined by 12% over the course of the pilot.

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