Hounslow software counterfeiting operation busted

The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has swooped on an address in Hounslow, West London and lifted pirated copies of Microsoft and Adobe software following a tip off

The relatively new Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has swooped on an address in Hounslow, West London and lifted pirated copies of Microsoft and Adobe software following a tip off.

The size of the counterfeit operation isn’t known though the police seized a range of material including computers.

The raid was coordinated with Hounslow Trading Standards officers and is apparently part of an investigation into the cybercrime in the West London borough.

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) tipped off Trading Standards officers after it substantiated allegations made by a whistle blower. Local Trading Standards officers in turn contacted PIPCU.

Detective inspector Rob Stirling, said: “PIPCU was launched in September 2013 to protect UK industries that produce legitimate, high quality, physical goods and online and digital content.

"In its relatively short history, the Unit has been instrumental in the fight against software theft, working to take down offending sites dealing in counterfeit and illegal software, and successfully prosecuting those that would commit software theft.”

Last month PIPCU launched an Infringing Website List (IWL), designed to disrupt websites which provide access to pirated e-books, music, films and more. The online portal is part of Operation Creative, which launched last year and aims to disrupt and prevent websites from providing unauthorised access to copyrighted content.

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