London Police Threatening Torrent Site Owners With 10-Year Jail Terms

By Gary Cutlack on at

The City of London Police has teamed up with the usual warriors against copyright theft to launch a campaign attacking UK-based torrent providers -- and is threatening them with up to 10 years in prison under the 2007 Serious Crime Act.

The letter being sent to site administrators comes via theĀ National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, which usually aims its guns at organised crime gangs, identity fraudsters and other ways modern criminals try to steal stuff from others and the state.

The NFIB spoke to TorrentFreak about its new torrent crackdown, saying: "Intellectual property crime is a serious offense that is costing the UK economy hundreds of millions of pounds each year. Working with the UK advertising industry, City of London Police and rights holder groups FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft), BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) and The PA (The Publishers Association) are committed to tackling this problem." [TorrentFreak]