City of London Police's Intellectual Property Crime Unit makes third piracy website arrest

A third arrest has been made by the newly established Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), this time involving a man in Reading who has been detained on suspicion of operating a website illegally selling music and movies.

The arrest of the 33-year-old took place in Reading this morning, with the suspect accused of selling music and films that he did not hold copyright for ‘for a small fee’.

The police have revealed that the man was taken in for questioning by PIPCU to a local station before control of the website was transferred over to City of London Police.

Detective Inspector Rob Stirling, from PIPCU, said that the arrest formed part of many investigations that were being pursued by PIPCU.

“Since the launch of PIPCU we have seen a wide range of businesses come forward with referrals for the unit and today’s operation shows how this information can swiftly be turned into live investigations and arrests,” he said.

“We urge any UK organisation who believes they may be victim to intellectual property crime in the UK or overseas, to get in touch and submit evidence to the unit so we can get right to work.”

PIPCU was established last month and quickly made two arrests as part of its brief to protect the sale of physical and digital media content. Funding of £2.56m will be provided for the division over the next two years by the Intellectual Property Office, which sits within the Department for Business Innovation Skills.

Also within the remit of PIPCU will be a focus on influencing online behaviour by website owners, service providers and consumers through an education drive, as well as prevention and enforcement activity.

Earlier this month, PIPCU began issuing requests to suspend the domain names of SumoTorrent and MisterTorrent, which both lost control over their domain names having been issued with warnings over copyright breaches.