Intellectual Property Office

UK government outlines new measures in piracy clampdown

The UK government has outlined a number of new measures in an effort to clamp down on the illegal streaming of copyrighted content. After calling for views about illicit IPTV streaming devices, the Intellectual Property Office published its response yesterday stating that while existing laws are working, the government will also push ahead with a […]

UK IPO: 23% of UK internet users illegally access TV programmes

Some 23% of UK internet users consumed TV programmes illegally in the past three months, according to new research commissioned by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO). The online copyright infringement tracker – a consumer survey of digital behaviours and attitudes of people aged 12 years or older in the UK – found that TV […]

UK government: 15% of web users watch content illegally

Approximately 6.7 million UK internet users, some 15%, consumed at least one item of online content illegally during the three months prior to March 2017, according to government stats. The UK Intellectual Property Office’s ‘IP Crime and Enforcement Report 2016/17’ claimed that “criminality threatens to implicate millions of ordinary consumers” as the use of set-top […]

Illegal streaming boxes ‘threaten copyright progress’

Adapted set-top boxes that let users illegally stream premium content risk undermining recent progress in copyright infringement, according to a UK government report. The UK Intellectual Property Office-commissioned study said that streaming giants such as Netflix and Spotify are keeping infringement levels stable, and the number of consumers accessing exclusively free content is at an […]

UK rights bodies team up with search engines in copyright fight

Various UK rights associations have partnered with search engines Google and Bing in a government-backed attempt to crack down on internet piracy. The UK initiative will see sites dedicated to copyright-infringing content demoted in internet search results, while sites offering legal content will be easily accessible. The new voluntary code of practise was agreed between […]

UK government: streaming services up, piracy down

A “steep rise” in the use of streaming services like Netflix and Spotify has coincided with a decline online copyright infringement, according to UK government research.  The Intellectual Property Office (IPO)-commissioned report claims that 52% of internet users now use streaming services to consumer content online and notes there has been a “small but significant” […]

iPlayer accounts for 62% of UK TV streaming, says government

Some 15 million UK internet users have now accessed a TV programme online, with the BBC iPlayer accounting for 62% of this activity, according to a government report. The new survey from the Intellectual Property Office – which highlights online streaming and downloading trends – claims that the BBC iPlayer, YouTube and ITV Player were […]