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New IP crime and online piracy police unit

3 July 2013

In December 2012, business secretary Vince Cable first announced plans to establish an IP crime and online piracy police unit.

IP minister Lord Younger, and City of London Police commissioner Adrian Leppard, announced last week that the City of London Police will launch the new unit this September to tackle online piracy, counterfeit goods and other IP crimes. The unit will receive £2.5m in funding over the next two years from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).

The new unit will have the power to seize assets and shut down sites found to be hosting pirated material. It plans to work with online advertisers, payment service providers and overseas authorities to “disrupt” the revenue of such websites.

By 2015 music, film and software companies are expected to have recorded global losses of $240bn as a result of illegally downloading content.

The unit will help boost the UK’s music and creative industries. It is a positive step towards assisting IP proprietors protect their rights.

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