UK service TID:Protect launched a year ago, touting its ability to file takedown notices for infringing links on rightsholders’ behalf. 12 months on, the service says it has removed more than 100,000 links for major and independent label clients, with those links being taken down from Twitter, Facebook and forums. “Even if we make a conservative assumption that each source link is used 10 times then that is 1,000,000 illegal downloads of premium content that has been prevented from theft during this 12-month period,” says the company in a statement. It also highlights the growth of Twitter for such links. “It is not unusual for TID:Protect team to trace source links from web forums with 20,000 subscribers to Twitter where these are then re-tweeted by a large percentage of these followers each with hundreds of friends within their own network. Links for copyrighted products then reach millions worldwide at no cost and within hours.”

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