Grant Shapps and the Met Police

With senior Conservatives warning of “a crisis” if Maria Hutchings fails to win the Eastleigh by-election, it isn’t shaping up to be a good week for Grant Shapps, who as Tory chair is ultimately responsible for the party’s campaign in the marginal constituency. And it just got worse.

A Labour MP responsible for an official complaint against Shapps has ramped up the pressure on the Metropolitan Police to investigate the production of software apparently designed to rake in huge sums in online advertising revenue by plagiarising content on a massive scale. How To Corp, a company owned and operated by the Shapps family, may have committed offences under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act.

Steve McCabe, who originally contacted the Met five months ago, has again written to the force, providing them with additional evidence — including a PDF manual for the controversial “Traffic Paymaster” software whose metadata reveals it was authored by “Grant”.

Scrapbook understands that the complaint is currently in the hands of the Met’s Directorate of Legal Services, who are responsible for assessing the complaint before passing it on to investigators. It has been suggested that Shapps’ high-profile role in the Conservative Party is a factor in the extensive delays. Indeed, Scrapbook has been attempting to elicit the status of the complaint from Scotland Yard for nearly six weeks without success.

They could always replace him with his deputy — Michael “blow job jokes on the campaign trail” Fabricant.

  1. Copyright is generally a civil matter, not a criminal matter. So police will not be interested.

    Penalties for breach of copyright >

    What process is likely?
    In view of the time, monetary and sometimes emotional resources required to prosecute for breaches of copyright, it is common practice (though not a requirement) for aggrieved parties to seek to resolve alleged breaches of copyright without prosecution. Where the copyright material has little or no commercial value, it is very likely that resolution will be reached without prosecution. If negotiation does not resolve the issue, or if the infringement is serious (such as resulting in a significant loss of profits) then prosecution is the next step. If your actions are depriving another person of revenue or if you are profiting from the use of another’s copyright work then you should expect immediate prosecution!

    Whilst Cameron/Clegg and Miliband are grieving or celebrating over the Eastleigh Bye election on face ,the new Justice & Security Bill is weaving its way through Parliament very quietly .The Bill will enshrine in Law CMP’s Closed Material Procedures ,it challenges two main principles of the rule of Law – Open Justice & Natural Justice .Under the Terrorism Act you can be detained for up to 28 days and when this act becomes Law you can be detained ‘Tried’ and convicted without Public Knowledge
    Cameron obviously favours this Bill because Privatisation issues will no doubt be held under a CMP -Similar to Blair repealing the Treason Act to cover his back over Iraq ,Cameron will sew everything up with CMP’s for Stealth Privatisation of NHS,Police and other National Bodies without Public Knowledge .But where is our Opposition – we haven’t one ,because papers emanating from Iraq and Libya implicate both Governments complicity in deals in exchange for dubious practices

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