IFPI scheme for tackling copyright infringement on foreign sites

Glyn Moody made this Freedom of Information request to City of London Police

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From: Glyn Moody

31 January 2012

Dear City of London Police,

I am writing in connection with this scheme:

http://www.ifpi.com//content/section_new...

Is there any document about how this scheme works? If there is,
could I please have a copy.

How many of your police officers work on this scheme?

I would also be grateful if you could please supply me with the
following information about this scheme:

The names of the sites and geographical locations of the sites that
have been blocked, and the dates that they were blocked

What kind of evidence was provided for those requests

How that evidence was checked, and by whom (job title rather than
personal name is fine)

Whether the accused sites are given any opportunity to challenge
the evidence, and if so, how

Which payment providers were instructed not to provide services to
those sites.

Thank you for your help.

Yours faithfully,

Glyn Moody

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From: Lockyear David
City of London Police

28 February 2012


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Dear Mr Moody

 

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION REF:  COL/12/62

 

I write in connection with your request for information dated 31 January
2012 in which you seek access to the following information:

 

I am writing in connection with this scheme:
[1]http://www.ifpi.com//content/section_new...

    

1.      Is there any document about how this scheme works?  If there is,
could I please have a copy?

 

Information relating to this scheme may be viewed via the following link:

 

[2]http://www.cityoflondon.police.uk/CityPo...

 

2.      How many of your police officers work on this scheme?

 

The scheme is managed by a senior detective who receives assistance when
necessary.  We do not hold information relating the resources employed
over a period of time.

    

I would also be grateful if you could please supply me with the following
information about this scheme:

 

3.      The names of the sites and geographical locations of the sites
that have been blocked, and the dates that they were blocked

 

4.      What kind of evidence was provided for those requests

 

5.      How that evidence was checked, and by whom (job title rather than
personal name is fine)

 

6.      Whether the accused sites are given any opportunity to challenge
the evidence, and if so, how

 

7.      Which payment providers were instructed not to provide services to
those sites?

 

Questions 3 to 7

 

I confirm that information relating to questions 2 to 7 is held by the
City of London Police.

 

It has been decided that this information is subject to an exemption
contained in section 30 of the Freedom of Information Act –         
Investigations.

 

Information is exempt by virtue of section 30 where it has, at any time,
been held for the purpose of an investigation.  In this case, the
information is held for the ongoing investigation, Operation Lethbridge. 
This is a class-based exemption and it is not necessary to demonstrate the
potential for harm to occur.  It is however a qualified exemption subject
to an assessment the public interest and the factors favouring disclosure
and non-disclosure are listed below.

 

Assessment of the public interest – Section 30

 

Factors Favouring Disclosure

 

The unlawful download of music via the internet is widespread and results
in multi-million pound losses to the music industry.  Disclosure of this
information would demonstrate how the City of London Police contributes to
the multi agency investigation and reduces offending.

 

Factors Favouring Non-Disclosure

 

Operation Lethbridge is an ongoing investigation involving a number of
partner organisations.  Disclosure of this information would undermine the
partnership approach and could compromise the future relationship with our
partners, which has evolved with an expectation of confidentiality. 
Disclose would also disclose investigation tactics and could prejudice the
effectiveness of the operation.

 

Balancing the public interest

 

It is accepted that there is some public benefit in knowing more about the
operation to counter the unlawful download of music via the internet. 
However, this benefit needs to be balanced against the harm that is likely
to occur to the future of the operation, involving multi-million pound
losses to the music industry and individual artists.  It is therefore our
view that the public interest does not favour disclosure at this time.

 

 

Should you have any further questions regarding your request, please
contact me via e-mail, letter or telephone, quoting the reference number
above.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

 

Inspector Dave Lockyear

Information Access Manager

 

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