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Creative industries receive new protection

31 Mar 2014

The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PUPCU) has said it is going global in its pursuit of illegal websites.

Funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills – which is run by the City of London Police – the unit has already released a report on 61 websites which evidenced as profiting from advertising and operating without licenses from content creators.

PIPCU has now established an unreleased list of sites, known as the Infringing Website List (IWL), which can be cross-referenced by advertising companies so they can remove their advertising from those sites.

Andy Fyfe, Detective Chief Inspector for PIPCU, said: ‘If an advert from an established brand appears on an infringing website not only does it lend the site a look of legitimacy, but inadvertently the brand and advertiser are funding online crime’.

The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) is working with the special unit on their far-reaching project. Director General Kieron Sharp said: ‘The UK’s creative sector is a vital driver of the economy, employing over 1.5 million people and driving £36 billion pounds of GVA (gross value added) to the UK economy. Film and TV production in the UK is looked upon as the best in the world’.