Online copyright infringement remains illegal in the UK – TRUE
Reports on a handful of sites that the UK Government has decriminalised online piracy are 100% wrong. The law has not been changed and online copyright infringement remains illegal. In factor in 2015 there will be an education campaign to alert consumers to the range of legal film, music and games sites now available. This programme is part of a wider package of measures such as blocking pirate sites, working with advertisers and payment processors to cut off revenue to illegal sites and encouraging search engines to play a more active role by not directing consumers to sites that are known to offer infringing content.
Creative Content UK has been watered down’ – MYTH
Creative Content UK is a targeted education and awareness raising initiative that has strong support from across the creative community. It is not intended to be a programme of sanctions. Education is an important component in the fight against online infringement but not the only one. This programme is an important part of a wider package of initiatives that are required to address this issue such as blocking access to illegal sites, working with advertisers and payment processors to cut off revenue to illegal sites and encouraging search engines to play a more active role by not directing consumers to sites that are known to offer infringing content.
Christine Payne, General Secretary of Equity and Chair of the Creative Coalition Campaign, has welcomed the launch of Creative Content UK, a new partnership that will boost consumer awareness of the wide array of legitimate online content services and help reduce online copyright infringement.
Creative Content UK is a unique partnership between the UK's creative industries, the four major Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and the Government which will comprise two key components. The first will be a major multi-media education awareness campaign, led by content creators and part-funded by government, that aims to create wider appreciation of the value and benefits of entertainment content and copyright.
The Creative Coalition Campaign has today welcomed a report by Mike Weatherley, Intellectual Property Adviser to the Prime Minister, entitled Search Engines and Piracy, which outlines the shortcomings of search engine providers in the fight against online piracy.Read more
The Creative Coalition Campaign hosted a roundtable on 16 April with the Labour Party's Creative Industries and Digital Policy Review team.Read more
The Creative Coalition Campaign (CCC) is urging the Government and all political parties to support proportionate measures to tackle the widespread theft of creative content online in their 2015 General Election manifestos.Read more