Payments firm PayPal has signed a partnership with the City of London Police and the IFPI to join their campaign against copyright infringing websites, following in the footsteps of MasterCard and Visa who signed up in March. In PayPal’s case, that will involve requiring online music retailers to submit proof of their licensing deals, and withdrawing its services if the proof is ‘inadequate’. “Today’s announcement shows that PayPal is very serious about fighting music piracy. We’ve always banned PayPal’s use for the sale of content that infringes copyright, and the new system will make life even harder for illegal operators,” says PayPal’s UK MD Carl Scheible. The IFPI has provided first figures on the effectiveness of the Visa/MasterCard partnership too: since March, their services have been withdrawn from 24 illegal music services, and have just been handed the details of 38 more sites suspected of copyright infringement by the IFPI and the City of London Police. IFPI boss Frances Moore says that the PayPal deal came about due to the realisation that it would be the logical next option for sites banned from taking credit card payments.

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