UK Domain Registrars Asked to Suspend 317 websitesAdded: Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
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For the last two years, the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has ordered domain name registrars to suspend 317 websites deemed to be illegal. Although many of them were denied, the real number is unknown.
The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit was established in September 2013 and immediately started a broad enforcement campaign to decease online piracy rates. It began by sending out notifications to pirate site owners, offering them a choice of going legit or shutting down. Then a campaign was launched that targeted domain registrars and requested them to suspend the domain names of allegedly illegal websites.
Overall, the PIPCU has sent warning letters to the operators of 377 illegal websites, including the most popular file-sharing domains, over the last two years. All of them were pointed at by the entertainment industry. Last year, the unit sent only 107 letters, which means that the PIPCU intensified its efforts. Aside from contacting site operators directly, the unit also approached domain name registrars with requests to suspend the sites. However, the police do not track effectiveness of these requests and have no idea how many websites were really suspended by domain name registrars. For example, last year only 5 of the 75 requests to domain registrars had been successful.
Despite the fact that the hundreds of notifications and takedown requests have not resulted in the downfall of any large pirate websites, the British Government is content with the progress. A year ago, the PIPCU’s future was secured until at least 2017 with funding being secured in the amount of £3 million.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
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