Two men were arrested in Lincolnshire yesterday by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) on suspicion of selling fake computer software discs online.
The men, aged 45 and 48, were believed to have been selling a range of counterfeit software on the web, including products from Microsoft and Adobe, from a dedicated website.
A number of suspected counterfeit discs were taken when their home was searched, along with documentation and computer equipment, while the two men were taken to a local police station for questioning.
Danny Medlycott, newly appointed head of PIPCU, said, "Yesterday's operation demonstrates we are dedicated to combatting IP crime and protecting legitimate UK businesses and consumers."
The general counsel at the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST), Julian Heathcote Hobbins, said: "FAST supports PIPCU in its enforcement activities as a dedicated investigative IP crime unit which is a valuable asset to the software industry.
"It is vital that the genuine software reseller can compete on a level playing field," he said.
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