Internet copyright infringement is a growing concern. PayPal, an online payment service, is trying to do their part to halt copyright infringers. PayPal is vastly popular among those who use the internet for transactions. It offers a secure transaction between two parties over a largely unsecure territory (the internet).
PayPal is strengthening their policy of banning the use of its service for items that violate or infringe any copyright under its Acceptable Use Policy. In effect, this will go further in stopping the use of PayPal by illegal sites internationally that sell or offer infringed material. The focus is upon illegal music but I assume that the casted net would include the selling of bootleg movies. This move has been coordinated with the City of London Police.
For a retailer to use PayPal it must provide proof of licensing for the content that it is selling (addressed more specifically: music licenses). If PayPal discovers any fishy business then it will discontinue the service from those retailers.
Carl Scheible, managing director of PayPal UK, said, “Today’s announcement shows that PayPal is very serious about fighting music piracy. We’ve always banned PayPal’s use for the sale of content that infringes copyright, and the new system will make life even harder for illegal operators. Our partnership with the music industry helps rights holders make money from their own content while stopping the pirates in their tracks.”
A progressive step in the right direction. Kudos.