City of London Police have begun contacting websites that it believes are making a profit by breaking copyright laws, this includes sites that provide torrent file links, illegal movie streams and pirated movies and game, but that then turn a profit from selling advertising on their websites.
The police, combined with the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau have contacted two major sites initially and while we do not know which ones, we do know they are operated outside of the UK, but they must obviously fall under our laws somewhere along the lines for the police to get involved. The owners of these sites have until June 14th to contact police or they will face further action.
London Police, said: "These websites are able to operate and profit from advertising on their sites without having licenses or paying the creators and owners of the films, TV programmes, music and publications. Intellectual property crime is a serious offence that is costing the UK economy hundreds of millions of pounds each year." in their recent statement.
Now I don't want to get into the debate on is piracy a crime, is it really costing millions to the industry, because there are justifiable arguments for both sides and it's really not going to help much but it is in a way to see the police taking a more direct approach in enforcing the law rather than targeting the end user with ridiculous fines and sentences.
The letters urge site owners to contact the police to stop further offences being committed, with the risk of huge fines and jail time for not complying with the law.