New IP Crime Unit to help fight UK piracy

New IP Crime Unit to help fight UK piracy

By Ben Parfitt

July 1st 2013 at 3:28PM

Group has power to close down sties infringing copyright laws

In what is being described as “an innovative new strategy”, a new Intellectual Property Crime Unit has been formed to help fight UK piracy.

The Unit has the power to seize assets and shut down sites found to be hosting pirated material.

Furthermore, it pledges to work with online advertisers, payment service providers and overseas authorities to “disrupt” the revenue streams of such websites.

"The IP Crime Unit is the first of its kind in Europe,” BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor stated.

“It will help make the Internet safer for consumers and boost the UK's world-leading music and creative industries. We are encouraged that Government is beginning to support innovative music businesses that will create jobs and growth for the future.”

The BPI added that it hopes the move “will encourage investment in music, help artists and protect consumers who want to get music online”.

This story was originally published on our sister-site, MCV.