Credit card companies including MasterCard and Visa are working with the City of London Police and the recorded music sector to extend cooperation in tackling illegal online services selling unlicensed music worldwide.
Under the arrangement IFPI can secure action by police against websites that infringe its members’ rights. Details of 24 copyright infringing music services have been handed over to the police to date and IFPI’s anti-piracy investigators supply the City of London Police’s Economic Crime Directorate with evidence of illegal downloads made from an infringing site. Once the police have verified the evidence, they notify MasterCard and Visa who require the acquiring bank providing the retailer with payment services to produce evidence of appropriate licenses to sell music or cease providing those services to the retailer.
To make sure the new system works effectively in practice, MasterCard has committed to deal with requests involving law enforcement expeditiously. Frances Moore, Chief Executive of IFPI, said: “It is extremely positive for the recorded music industry that the world’s largest payment systems are taking steps to prevent their services being abused by illegal websites that infringe the rights of artists, songwriters and producers. Intermediaries, such as MasterCard and Visa, can play a key role in tackling online piracy wherever it originates around the world”.