The Publishers Association has launched a new bespoke Copyright Infringement Portal which will ensure publishers “are better able to protect their works in the face of a huge amount of content being made available illegally on websites”.
The new service, which replaces the previous portal that ran for five years, has been developed specifically for The PA and is faster, searches more websites than previously and is more user-friendly.
The portal searches and aggregates data relating to identified infringing sites and creates and sends a takedown notice.
The system then monitors the sites to establish whether the infringing items have been removed.
Users of the new portal will be able to automatically search hundreds of infringing websites, manually report infringing download links, identify whether infringements have been removed using a visibility indicator, and export data and statistics to inform their copyright protection strategies.
Richard Mollet, chief executive of The PA, said: “Helping authors to protect their works from online copyright infringement is a vitally important role which publishers provide. We are proud that The PA has the facility to help members achieve this.
“The growth of digital revenues across the sector is greatly welcome but we need to be able to ensure that such growth is not marred by a corresponding increase in online infringement.
“Our new, improved, and bespoke, Copyright Infringement Portal, allows our members to quickly identify infringing web links and provides a streamlined way of getting these links taken down.”
Access to the Copyright Infringement Portal is free for PA members. Non-members can discuss licensing terms with The PA.