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U.K. Police Create IWL Database To Help Cut Ad Revenue From Copyright-Infringing Sites

   
9:57 am on Mar 31, 2014 (gmt 0)

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An interesting idea, but I always wonder who measures whether a site is infringing, or not.

This could affect many sites.

Websites offering illegal copyrighted material could see their advertising revenue cut under a new initiative.

Police have created an online database of websites "verified" as being illegal.

It is hoped that firms that handle advertising will use the resource to make sure they do not serve advertising on those sites, cutting off revenue.U.K. Police Create IWL Database To Help Cut Ad Revenue From Copyright-Infringing Sites [bbc.co.uk]
The Infringing Website List (IWL) will be an "up-to-date list of copyright infringing sites" that can be cross-referenced by those third parties, in the hope that they will pull their advertising from those sites.

"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 from the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (Pipcu).
11:08 am on Mar 31, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Verified by who? This appears to be the police acting as judges, possibly in what should be civil cases.

Also, isn't it interesting that this is clearly aimed at sites that infringe big media's copyrights, but neither the police, nor anyone else funded by our taxes will do anything about scrapers who copy huge amounts from lots of small sites?
8:26 am on Apr 1, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Yes, this verification is unexplained sufficiently.