p2pnet news | Movies:- “Welcome to TV Links, for your viewing pleasure we have compiled various links from the latest to some long forgotten TV shows, classics, films, documentaries and much more,” said www.tv-links.co.uk. “How much does this cost you? Nothing, its all Free of charge! Please sit back, relax and enjoy the show.”
“Said” in the past tense because the site has been taken down and a 26-year-old Briton arrested, “in connection with offences relating to the facilitation of copyright infringement on the internet,” says Guardian Unlimited.
Behind the bust was entertainment cartel pseudo cop organisation the Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact), also known as Farcical Approaches to Copyright Transgressions.
The arrest and shutdown involved staff from the Gloucestershire County Council’s trading standards, FACT “investigators” and Gloucestershire Police, says the story, failing to mention UK taxpayers funded the corporate copyright operation.
But the cooperation shouldn’t come as a surprise. As p2pnet noted last year, in Britain the entertainment and software cartels have in effect been given full police powers.
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For years the movie, music and software industries have been getting away with using scarce, taxpayer-funded police and other enforcement personnel as unpaid industry cops.
This has come about through an amazing PR triumph under which copyright infringement, a purely civil matter with no more than commercial implications, has been dressed up and made to look like major crime on a level with murder and robbery.
Wholly owned cartel ‘trade’ units such as the BPI have had to content themselves with merely ‘assisting’ in the ‘busts’ they’ve initiated. But now, unbelievably, “A police unit dedicated to combating movie piracy and those responsible for the manufacture and distribution of pirated films has launched in London …”
“In partnership with the Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact), the new unit will pursue individuals and groups profiting from the sale of fake DVDs.”
And the British public will be paying for it.
Meanwhile, Fact says TV Links was a “major target” in a “campaign to crackdown on web piracy”.
TV Links ‘users’ were, “potentially evading licence fees, subscription fees to digital services or the cost of purchase or admittance to cinemas to view the films,” Guardian Unlimited has Fact mouthperson Kieron Sharp saying.
Also see www.tv-links.co.uk, criminal linker
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