Three men have recently been arrested and charged with copyright infringement conspiracy. They are Umar Ahmad, Jonatan Correa, and a local Isle of Wight man named George Bridi. It was reported that fifty-year-old George Bridi was detained in Cyprus on an Interpol Red Notice. American lawyers are attempting to extradite Mr Bridi to stand trial in the United States of America (USA).
The three men are allegedly part of an international piracy group known as Sparks which is a release group that acquires music, films, and other digital material before their official release and places them online.
It was reported that USA authorities conducted raids in August, after which pirated items decreased from 1,944 to 168 the week following the raids. The USA authorities have said that ‘the Sparks group has successfully reproduced and disseminated hundreds of movies and television shows prior to their retail release date, including nearly every movie released by major production studios’. They also accused the group of creating a loss of ‘tens of millions of dollars’ to film studios.
As a business that operates online it is vital that you get the right protection for your intellectual property. A website should also include an intellectual property notice that states the ownership of all copyright and other intellectual property. Website operators must ensure that their own intellectual property is protected and that they and their users do not infringe any third-party intellectual property rights. An intellectual property notice can assist the owner if the work is infringed, as it provides evidence of publication and can limit a claim of the defence of innocent infringement and provide evidence for the damages claim.