UK sets up new police force to guard intellectual property
A new Intellectual Property Crime Unit has been formed in the UK to help tackle the problem of piracy, MCV reports.
The move to create the first unit in Europe to focus on intellectual property has been hailed as an “innovative new strategy.” While there has been a similar organization in the US for several years, the launch of the unit in September will be the first time that Europe that such a dedicated force will be targeting torrent sites.
The news was announced last week by Adrian Leppard, the City of London Police Commissioner. He said that the new force was, “ensuring that the UK stays at the forefront of intellectual property enforcement.” Venturebeat quoted him as saying that online pirates were, “organized crime gangs” who, “illegally profiteer on the backs of others’ endeavours.”
The force has already secured funding of £2.5 million and will run for at least the next two years.