PayPal has announced that it will be working with City of London police to clamp down on the use of its payments service by websites selling illegal music downloads
Together with the London Police and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), PayPal is introducing measures to prevent payments for unlicensed downloads.
As well as withdrawing its services from 24 Ukrainian and Russian websites offering illegal music downloads, PayPal’s Acceptable Use policy requires music downloads websites using PayPal services to show proof of licensing agreements.
“The work the City of London police is undertaking is at the cutting edge of tackling online copyright infringement, a serious problem that is eroding the ability of record companies to invest in a diverse range of artists with serious consequences for jobs, tax revenues and consumer choice,” said Frances Moore, chief executive of IFPI.
Under the new agreement, the evidence of unlicensed downloading is submitted to the illegal crime directorate of City London Police. After consideration by the police, the payment providers can take suitable actions. Currently, the police are dealing with details of thirty eight other internet sites offering illegal downloads.