A joint operation, led by officers from Police Scotland and involving officers from the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), has resulted in the seizure of thousands of counterfeit DVDs in Shawlands, Glasgow.
Around 1040 hours on Friday 7 November 2014, officers acting under warrant, entered an industrial unit in Waverly Street, Glasgow and recovered film DVDs with an estimated value in excess of £150,000. Titles seized include box sets of Game of Thrones and Homeland as well as computer equipment and mobile phones.
A 24-year-old has been arrested and is subject of a report to the Procurator Fiscal in connection with alleged offences under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act.
Constable Andrew Law said:
“This seizure will have a considerable impact on the illegal marketing of counterfeit goods. We have a close working relationship with our colleagues at FACT and by continuing to work together we can successfully disrupt those involved in illegal activities. Selling counterfeit goods is a crime and the assistance and information from our partners is proving invaluable, as we share information and intelligence to rid Scotland of this type of activity.”
Kieron Sharp, Director General of the Federation Against Copyright Theft, said:
“Following last month’s raid on Barras market which resulted in the seizure of over £400,000 worth of counterfeit DVDs, this is another great result for the combined efforts of Police Scotland and FACT in the crackdown on criminals selling fake DVDs and harming the livelihoods of hard working people in Glasgow’s local businesses.”