The new unit seeks to tackle online crime and counterfeit DVDs and CDs. The squad is known as the police intellectual crime unit or PIPCU and it wasted no time in making their first arrests. 2 men from Birmingham were arrested with suspected counterfeit DVD box sets worth around £40,000, including titles such as Game of Thrones, CSI and Vampire Diaries.
City of London police commissioner Adrian Leppard said: “Intellectual property crime is already costing our economy hundreds of millions of pounds a year and placing thousands of jobs under threat, and left unchecked and free to feed on new technology could destroy some of our most creative and productive industries. Launchin PIPCU we are making a statement of intent and sending out a clear warning to organised crime that the UK has just become a more hostile place for those who seek to make criminal capital on the back of others’ honest endeavours.”