Three folks concerned in a fan-made revival of Disney’s Membership Penguin have reportedly been arrested by the Metropolis of London police.
In an announcement given to a Membership Penguin fan weblog, Detective Constable Daryl Fryatt, from the Police Mental Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), stated “Following a criticism beneath copyright regulation, PIPCU have seized a gaming web site as a part of an ongoing investigation into the positioning.”
The assertion continues: “Three folks had been arrested on twelfth April on suspicion of distributing supplies infringing copyright and searches had been carried out. They’ve been launched beneath investigation and to assist with the police investigation, they agreed to signal over the web site to the management of PIPCU.”
The Metropolis of London is the UK’s lead power in investigating and prosecuting critical mental property crimes.
Disney, the copyright holder of the Membership Penguin trademark, was doubtless behind the criticism.
A message posted on the Membership Penguin Rewritten Discord seems to substantiate it’s certainly Disney.
The revived website, Membership Penguin Rewritten, was launched in 2017, the identical yr the unique website was shut down.
Anybody coming into the positioning now could be greeted with a plain black background that includes the Metropolis of London Police emblem and the next message: “This website has been taken over by Operation Artistic, Police Mental Property Crime Unit (PIPCU).”
Such messages are typical of internet sites seized by regulation enforcement.
This is not the primary time Disney has issued takedown notices for Membership Penguin clones. In 2020, issued copyright notices on clones that contained specific content material.