Government Targeting Google, Facebook and the Rest in Renewed Anti-Piracy Push

By Gary Cutlack on at

The mammoth global tech sites that allow illegal hosting of copyrighted material -- accidentally or otherwise -- may soon come under attack from the UK's Intellectual Property Office, with a new crackdown said to be planned on search engines (Google) and web sites (Facebook) that facilitate the sharing of the unshareable.

According to The Times, the IPO's recent tightening of its rules is not enough. Its people are assembling data on copyright breaches enabled by ISPs, search engines, sites, hosting companies and more, with a view to putting a system of "formal action" into place should repeat offences be discovered.

The Times says the IPO is looking for "gaps in enforcement legislation" that may be used by users today, like, for example, using Facebook to widely share links to niche little sites that spring up overnight like digital cress to share the day's hottest new illegally leaked media.

The IPO's copyright enforcement boss Ros Lynch told The Times that: "A number of companies do have procedures in place and they are taking some action. I'm not saying they've been wholly effective. Some are not doing as much as they could... there are still some issues with the Google advertising service not doing as much to stop ads going on infringing sites." [The Times via TorrentFreak]

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