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Joint operation results in reduction of gambling adverts placed on illegal websites

13 June 2017

There has been an 87% drop in adverts placed for gambling operators on illegal websites that infringe copyright in the last twelve months.

Through a joint operation run by the City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) and the Gambling Commission, PIPCU’s Operation Creative seeks to stop licensed gambling operators inadvertently providing revenue to those committing crime online, and ultimately breaching the Gambling Commission’s licensing objective to keep crime out of gambling.

The operation is intrinsically linked to a new licence condition introduced in October last year, which requires operators to place digital adverts responsibly.

Read the full news story on the City of London Police website (opens in new tab).

We strongly encourage gambling operators to sign up to gain access the Infringing Website List (IWL), which is an online portal containing an up-to-date list of copyright infringing sites. For more information please contact

Last updated: 24 May 2021

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