The recently reported settlement of Isohunt's large-scale dispute with Music Canada has raised questions about how the policing of intellectual property rights online is likely to develop in the future.

Whilst some piracy source directories similar to Isohunt are currently blocked in the UK, businesses and individuals share hundreds of links and media copies online everyday.

People often give little thought to whether what they are posting amounts to an infringement of someone else's copyright, registered trade mark or other intellectual property.  

The European Union Intellectual Property Office has recently announced its commitment to strengthening European prosecution of intellectual property infringements and this may affect how intellectual property is policed on social media and online in the future.  

Although there are no signs of immediate change to this in the UK, it is always worth thinking twice about what you post online in order to avoid inadvertent infringement.