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UKNova is shuttered by copyright vigilantes

TV catchup link website shut down
Tue Aug 28 2012, 13:13
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TV SHOW linking website UKNova has been shut down, apparently at the hands of the UK Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT).

Visitors to the website this weekend were greeted with a message of goodbye and a thanks for all the links. So far we have been unable to confirm with FACT that it is behind the shutdown, but that is the message that has come out of UKNova.

"UKNova is being forced to change. We have been issued with a 'cease and desist' order by FACT (The Federation Against Copyright Theft)," says the message that has been sent out to users.

"Despite our efforts to cooperate with the UK media companies, FACT have stated: 'ALL links or access to content provided by UKNova are infringing, unless it can be proven that explicit permission from the copyright holder for that content has been obtained'. Whilst we believe that they are wrong both legally and morally on account of the strong 'no commercial content' stance that we have always taken, we are not in a position to be able to risk lengthy and costly court battles to prove this. Therefore we have no other option but to close down the trackers. It has not been an easy decision to take, but it is apparently our only option."

The website's forums will remain live, but everything else, such as torrents and their associated webpages are being removed.

While FACT crowed about its success in the fight against Surf the Channel it does not appear to have commented on this case yet. The two websites are very different, of course. UKNova was something of an archive for shows that were not available commercially, on DVD for example, and it said as much in its terms.

"The main aim of UKNova is to enable people to see programmes they would not otherwise be able to watch, perhaps because they live abroad or have missed something they wanted to watch when it was broadcast live," it says in its About pages.

"It is one of the fundamental principles of UKNova that we do not wish to cause any harm to potential revenue streams for broadcasters and programme makers. For this reason, no television or radio programme that is available for purchase worldwide from retailers, on CD, DVD or video, is allowed to be shared on this website. Please do not ask for material to be uploaded here that is available to buy. Such material is not allowed."

We have asked FACT to comment on its involvement, but so far it has not responded. µ


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