“Gloucestershire police have confirmed that a 26-year-old Cheltenham man at the centre of an investigation into the website TV-Links was arrested under section 92 of the Trade Mark Act in the UK, on suspicion of supplying property with a registered trademark, without permission.
The man was taken into custody on Thursday last week after an investigation by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) and the local trading standards office. Initial reports from FACT said he had been arrested for “offences relating to the facilitation of copyright infringement on the Internet”.
TV-links was a place where users could post links to content from TV shows etc.. so that other web users could view them. The quality wasn’t always great, but the site provided a real alternative to terrestrial TV. The site didn’t host the material directly, but did, according to other reports, embed some video clips.
The man has not been charged with any offence, and has been released pending further investigation.
Very strange if you ask me, given that he only provides links and a web-based service. He never actually distributed copyrighted works.
Meanwhile, we found a review of the Great Irish Beer Festival at the Beer Nuts blog. Sounds like the event worked well and we’ll hopefully get a chance to go next year.
On beer, Billy & Dec will be speaking at the Science week in IT Sligo on the 7th of November. All welcome – we’ll post details next week. For those of you in Australia an article will be published in Beer and Brewer magazine shortly and we think there’s a piece in Wired Magazine as well some time soon. But our TV and radio days are over – we’re yesterdays news now.