IP crime unit issues 2.5m site warnings

As it marks its first year in operation, the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has revealed that since April 2014, the team has diverted more than 2.5 million visits from copyright infringing sites to a domain suspension page. This is an official message from the City of London Police, which is the National Policing Lead Force for Fraud, warning the user that the website they are trying to access is currently under investigation by PIPCU.

The page also includes signposts to safe and reliable websites that provide legitimate access to music, films and books, as well as a link to the PIPCU website so users can find out more information about the unit.

PIPCU is a specialist police unit dedicated to protecting the UK industries that produce legitimate, high quality, physical goods and online and digital content from intellectual property crime, funded until June 2015 by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), which is part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

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