The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), Gloucestershire trading standards officers and Gloucestershire police have raided the offices of tv-links.co.uk and closed the site down. According to police reports, the website’s owner and some of its moderation staff were arrested. FACT says that this is just the first of a series of planned moves to combat the illegal, unauthorised distribution of video content online here in the UK. The website, www.tv-links.co.uk, listed hundreds of TVseries and movies and provided links to video sharing sites – YouTube, Veoh, stage6, Guba and others, many of which host illegally uploaded content. However the website itself contained no illegal uploads nor offered illegal content and it will be interesting to see if the UK Courts decide that the mere linking to illegal sites and material constitutes copyright infringement especially as the wesbite did not support illegal links with advertising.
source CMU Daily 22 October 2007 http://www.thebeatsbar.co.uk