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The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has arrested a 20-year-old man in Nottingham on suspicion of copyright infringement for running a proxy server providing access to other sites subject to legal blocking orders.
The man was questioned by police but has been released on bail. The arrest was made after police -- with the support of the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) -- found evidence relating to the creation of a proxy server that provided access to 36 other websites that had been blocked for hosting illegal or infringing content.
This is a bit concerning, particularly as Immunicity doesn't host copyright-infringing content, it merely lets users route their traffic through the proxy network in the same way VPNs do.
The arrest is part of the police unit's clampdown on piracy websites, called Operation Creative. Wired.co.uk reported on another of the operation's measures last week, which sees the police replace advertising banners on websites that are found to be hosting copyright-infringing content.
"We will come down hard on people believed to be committing or deliberately facilitating such offences," said head of PIPCU, Andy Fyfe.
The City of London Police is the territorial police force responsible for law enforcement within the City of London, including the Middle and Inner Temples. The force responsible for law enforcement within the remainder of Greater London, outside of the City, is the Metropolitan Police Service, a separate organisation. The City of London, which is now primarily a financial business district with a small resident population but a large commuting workforce, is the historic core of London, and has an administrative history distinct from that of the rest of the metropolis, of which its separate police force is one manifestation.