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House of Lords written question – answered on 29th July 2014.

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Photo of Lord Clement-Jones Lord Clement-Jones Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recommendations of the report by the Prime Minister’s intellectual property adviser, Mike Weatherley MP, what consideration is being given to the measures necessary to provide statutory underpinning of industry-wide codes and initiatives to tackle the funding of copyright infringement by advertisers and financial providers.

Photo of Baroness Neville-Rolfe Baroness Neville-Rolfe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Government welcomes the work undertaken by Mike Weatherley MP in highlighting a “follow the money” approach to assist in the battle against online Intellectual Property crime.

There is collective agreement across government, industry and law enforcement that influencing intermediaries is an effective approach. Initiatives such as the Infringing Website List online portal and the Intellectual Property Office supported WhiteBullet Intellectual Property Infringement Index are at the early stages of implementation and offer flexibility that would not be achievable under a statutory approach.

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