The UK Intellectual Property Office has published its new IP Crime Report containing the usual recap of the year’s battles in the copyright arena. It also offers some interesting insights from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit and Crown Prosecution Service.
The BPI has reached yet another landmark after ‘piracy’ takedowns sent to Google smashed through the 300 million barrier. The music industry group says that it has now sent more than 310 million requests to delist infringing URLs but informs TF that a takedown and staydown regime could really help to bring volumes under control.
The powerful UK Music coalition, which includes the BPI and PRS, has published its 2017 manifesto. It takes a keen interest in IP issues, particularly post-Brexit. UK Music says that the UK’s departure from the EU will provide a good opportunity to clarify issues with hyperlinking and also to hold ISPs accountable for piracy.
The BPI’s former head of anti-piracy is under police investigation, TorrentFreak has learned. Former policeman David Wood was an important stakeholder figure at the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit but was dismissed from the BPI for gross misconduct in 2015. The music group recently forced Wood into bankruptcy.