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London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites 160

Posted by timothy
from the since-you're-here-anyhow dept.
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "The City of London police has started placing banner advertisements on websites believed to be offering pirated content illegally. The messages, which will appear instead of paid-for ads, will ask users to close their web browsers. The move comes as part of a continuing effort to stop piracy sites from earning money through advertising. Police said the ads would make it harder for piracy site owners to make their pages look authentic. "When adverts from well known brands appear on illegal websites, they lend them a look of legitimacy and inadvertently fool consumers into thinking the site is authentic," said Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fyfe from the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (Pipcu). "This new initiative is another step forward for the unit in tackling IP crime and disrupting criminal profits. "Copyright infringing websites are making huge sums of money though advert placement, therefore disrupting advertising on these sites is crucial and this is why it is an integral part of Operation Creative.""
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London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites

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  • by pla (258480) on Tuesday July 29, 2014 @08:05AM (#47556475) Journal
    Police said the ads would make it harder for piracy site owners to make their pages look authentic

    No one confuses Rapidshare for BMG's official site. People go there specifically to download pirated content, full stop. Seeing police ads might scare a few people with the paranoia of thinking "the man" has caught them, but the other 99% of visitors will just thank the police for subsidizing their favorite warez sites.

    Truly pathetic, Boys in Blue (Hmm, do Bobbies wear blue?)


    The move comes as part of a continuing effort to stop piracy sites from earning money through advertising.

    By... Um... Buying banner ads on piracy sites? BRILLIANT!
  • by Joe Gillian (3683399) on Tuesday July 29, 2014 @08:12AM (#47556515)

    One thing I'd like to point out is that the City of London Police are not the same thing as the British Metropolitan Police. This was something that came up in an article a few months ago where the City of London Police were fighting against piracy. They're basically an area within London that has existed for hundreds of years under corporate rule.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C... [wikipedia.org]

    The City of London police are basically a corporate police force with an authority that does not go beyond the corporate-controlled City of London area.

  • Re:Hilarious (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Arker (91948) on Tuesday July 29, 2014 @08:17AM (#47556551) Homepage
    Which makes it sound like some sort of attack on the ad network.

    Without more details it's hard to say, but it sounds like the ad network should file a complaint with the UK and get these overenthusiastic corporate cops charged.

    There's a battle to love - ad networks versus the 'city of london.' May they fight forever and leave the rest of us in peace.
  • by MetalliQaZ (539913) on Tuesday July 29, 2014 @08:19AM (#47556573)

    Websites by themselves aren't "illegal". Using those terms gives undue legitimacy to copyright maximalists. What is meant here by "illegal" is that they host content which may be infringing on copyright.

  • Re:Hilarious (Score:5, Interesting)

    by mrchaotica (681592) * on Tuesday July 29, 2014 @10:25AM (#47557803)

    So what they're doing is infringing the copyright of the allegedly-copyright-infringing website by modifying and redistributing it.

    The hypocrisy is think with this one!

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