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Why should you always download content from a genuine site?

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Marianne Grant is from the ‘Get it Right from a Genuine Site’ campaign, which is taking a whole new approach to reducing online copyright infringement and ensuring safe downloads.

From binge-watching boxsets, listening to a favourite artist on loop or playing the latest video game all weekend, the internet has changed the way we consume media.

It’s also enabled more of us to become content creators, whether it’s uploading our own photos and videos or putting our prose out there for the world to see.

Reducing online copyright infringement

With this in mind, we set up the government-backed ‘Get it Right from a Genuine Site’ campaign. Some of the UK’s premier creative talents are taking a new approach to reducing online copyright infringement. Not only that, we want to make it easy for people to find legal downloads.

Those in the creative industries invest so much time and money in preparing and delivering their art. Our campaign aims to remind people why downloading from genuine sites and sources ensures there is more innovation and greater career opportunities in the creative industries.

Genuine sites and sources of safe downloads

But while we know that people value creativity, we also appreciate that time is precious. Turning good intentions into actions can hinge on how easy it is to access media legally.

Safe downloads are easier to access than ever – and illegal downloads have never been less appealing.

Illegal downloading and file sharing is one of the most common means for distributing and propagating viruses and other malware. Plus, it usually slows down a home broadband connection for all household members using it.

Illegal sites also often carry advertising that may not be suitable for younger people.

Early next year, the major internet service providers (ISPs), our partners in the ‘Get it Right’ initiative, will also begin sending educational emails to internet account holders. These emails will informing them if their accounts are associated with illegal file sharing and point them towards genuine sources.

And we are making these genuine sources easier to access than ever. If you’re unsure where to find safe downloads: a genuine copy of an ebook or film to download, a music album or video game to stream, where to catch-up on your favourite TV show, or how to watch popular sporting events, you’ll be able to find them on our website.

This is a guest contribution by Marianne Grant from the ‘Get it Right from a Genuine Site’ campaign. All views expressed here are her own, not necessarily those shared by Which?

Where do you go to access media content? Have you ever encountered a problem with an illegal download or site in the past?


Readers of Private Eye, highest circulation ever this year AFAIK, will be familiar with a lot of these cases well before you see them in reports.

The problem is that we need to do more than read these matters but to think what we could do to improve things. The social service scandal in Norfolk has been rumbling for years and one cannot help but feel if sufficient people had set up and signed a petition to Parliament for it to be made a subject of debate it would have been resolved at least two years ago.

The searchlight of publicity could be usefully shown on so many matters. I am not suggesting that this would be a matter of diffused efforts but rather a few headline cases aimed at crooked Councils or inept councils [officials or Councillors] would encourage better behaviour generally.

And are not Councils we need to be empowered against? Every time damages are paid or a Council employee receives a pay-off and a gagging order we need to realise that is our money that may be being wasted.


“Gagging orders” should be banned. it is effectively bribing a vulnerable (ex) employee not to reveal information that is prejudicial to others in public service. While many people could take a moral stance and not be “bought off”, losing your job and being left in financial difficulty might well make one reconsider one’s morals.


I’m old fashioned, so I prefer to go to shops and buy my Hollywood Blockbusters when they first come out on DVD.

After I’ve watched them, I usually donate them to local charity shops, where I may also buy other (“classic”) films to watch too.

Some of my friends do sometimes share pirated digital copies of movies with me. Many of these turn out to be of quite inferior quality and quite often aren’t films that I’m desperate to see anyway.

I’m my view, anyone who accesses an illegal download site using a Windows PC is taking silly risks with their IT security and will only have themselves to blame if their PC gets infected with additional malware.


On the money Derek Windows 10 actively blocks security apps that help you on the net because they try to block MS,s snooping and talking about snooping the Lords have passed the Snooper Bill which will be enacted by the end of the year and they can officially do what they have been doing for decades–unofficially , storing every website you visit on their big computers , not that I visit too big a variety unless I am checking something out , they know the small number of ones I visit regularly , they just dont approve of them.


In her introduction, Marianne Grant writes: Early next year, the major internet service providers (ISPs), our partners in the ‘Get it Right’ initiative, will also begin sending educational emails to internet account holders, informing them if their accounts are associated with illegal file sharing and pointing them towards genuine sources.

I strongly object to being sent unsolicited email, especially since I am doing nothing wrong.

If sites are infringing copyright or posting material that could harm children then this is something that could and should be dealt with, taking advantage of the existing laws.

I do not want unsolicited email from our ISPs, so please get it right, Get it Right.


The major UK service providers put up zero fight against intrusion and “take over ” by our security service at least some of the Americans tried . Its getting a bit sickening when they are actively doing “propaganda ” exercises on their behalf , its all pointing to more overall “guidance ” ( forcefully ) in what the British public can access ( one cut at a time doesnt look much but the subject ends up dying –eventually ) . Its pretty bad in this country just now , if it gets much worse they will be treating us like primary school children , many websites that are political only are blocked in this country and even informational ones are “hard to access ” I dont know how they have the “brass neck ” to say -we are “democratic ” in relation to slagging off other countries , but at the same time they are now doing a “be friendly with the public ” campaign , we are nice , dont worry ( just keep taking the pills ) , who are they kidding ? but hey ho ! we have to stop those dreaded “terrorists ” somehow –right ?


I am not sure if my understanding is correct but the way I read that comment was that these e-mails would only be sent to those internet account-holders whose accounts were associated with illegal file sharing, in order to inform them of the fact and point them towards genuine sources. There would be no point in the ISP’s sending a message to anyone whose account was not associated with illegal file sharing. It could have been presented more clearly.


I hope you are right, John, but we have seen so many examples of the commercial world taking liberties. I may be wrong but I thought that anti-piracy warnings were already being used by ISPs.