U.K. pirate profiteers, take heed: your days may be numbered. The City of London Police has announced the launch of its Infringing Website List, a compilation of websites determined to be hubs for copyright infringement, developed in order to give advertisers and their distribution networks an easy method of preventing their advertisements from appearing on the sites.
The list was formed collaboratively between the City of London Police and creative industry representatives, including BPI and the IFPI. Police processed claims by industry representatives to verify their status as infringing sites before being included on the list.
"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," said Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fyfe, head of the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit.