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Commission tackles advertising on illegal websites

12 August 2015

The number of gambling adverts on illegal websites has dropped by a third since the Gambling Commission joined a police operation aimed at disrupting websites that break copyright laws.

Earlier this year the Commission teamed up with the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) for Operation Creative – an operation aimed at reducing the advertising revenue of sites providing access to pirated films, music and books.

Since then PIPCU has seen a 36per cent decrease in gambling adverts on copyright infringing websites.

Read PIPCU press release (opens in new tab).

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Last updated: 10 December 2020

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