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Two arrested in fake computer software investigation

Detectives from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) arrested two men in Lincolnshire yesterday on suspicion of selling fake computer software discs online.

The two men, aged 48 and 45, were arrested at their home in Skegness by detectives from the City of London Police specialist IP unit with support from Lincolnshire Police.

The men are believed to have been selling a range of counterfeit computer software online, including products from Microsoft and Adobe, from a dedicated website.

Their home was searched and a number of suspected counterfeit discs were seized, along with documentation and computer equipment, whilst the two men were taken to a local police station for questioning.

Danny Medlycott, the newly appointed Head of PIPCU, said: “Yesterday’s operation demonstrates we are dedicated to combating IP crime and protecting legitimate UK businesses and consumers.

“It is important that consumers are aware of the risks of buying counterfeit items. Not only is purchasing fake software violating the intellectual rights of software authors, but consumers are also putting their computers and laptops at risk from security threats, such as viruses and malware.”

Julian Heathcote Hobbins, General Counsel at the Federation Against Software Theft, said: “FAST supports PIPCU in its enforcement activities as a dedicated investigative IP crime unit which is a valuable asset to the software industry. 

"It is vital that the genuine software reseller can compete on a level playing field.  This in turn fosters the growth of the software development industry by instilling confidence that illicit activities will be taken seriously and investigated which is particularly important when the internet is used by software businesses to disseminate products and services to almost anyone who is online. The future prosperity of computing is paramount especially considering the rise of cloud computing and the need to keep that such environments cyber-crime free.”

PIPCU is based within the Economic Crime Directorate of the City of London Police, the National Lead Force for Fraud. It is a specialist police unit dedicated to protecting the UK industries that produce legitimate, high quality, physical goods and online and digital content from intellectual property crime.

The operationally independent unit launched in September 2013 and is initially being funded by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), which is part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. 


DATE: 03 September 2014