THE UK Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has arrested a 20-year-old man for allegedly running a proxy service that connected users with blocked websites.
PIPCU said that the man was arrested in Nottingham, has been interviewed and released on bail. The man was not named.
The arrest is part of ongoing activity, called Operation Creative, that is designed to cut down piracy in the UK. According to the City of London Police the arrest and investigation was supported by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), a regularly outspoken anti-piracy advocate and backer of the Operation.
"This week's operation highlights how PIPCU, working in partnership with the creative and advertising industries is targeting every aspect of how copyrighting material is illegally being made available to internet users," said head of PIPCU, DCI Andy Fyfe.
"We will come down hard on people believed to be committing or deliberately facilitating such offences"
FACT said that the UK anti-piracy activities, which include site blocking at the ISP level, have encouraged a strong response from the pirate community. Kieron Sharp, director general at FACT added that it would reply to this with its own continued activities.
"For some years the film and music industries in the UK have been making applications to the High Court for orders requiring the major UK ISPs (Internet Service Providers) to block websites providing access to illegal or infringing content," he said.
"Once the site-blocking orders commenced, internet users have sought ways to continue to access the sites by getting round the blocking put in place by the ISPs. One of the ways to do this is to use proxy servers. This operation is a major step in tackling those providing such services. FACT will continue to support PIPCU in their enforcement activities."