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Police Crackdown on Pirate Site Ads

Websites illegally hosting copyrighted content have been targeted by City of London Police.

In an operation run by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPC) 61 websites were identified as displaying unauthorised material.

They were asked to "correct their behaviour" and "operate legitimately" and over forty websites have now been suspended.

A partnership known as Operation Creative, involving City of London Police, advertising bodies and representatives of the music and publishing industries is designed to tackle internet - enabled crime.

Supt Bob Wishart said: "Operation Creative is being run... to really get to grips with a criminal industry that is making substantial profits by providing and actively promoting access to illegally obtained and copyrighted material."

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