FACT supports Northern Ireland anti-counterfeiting campaign

FACT was pleased to support the latest initiative by the Organised Crime Task Force in Northern Ireland at an event attended by Paul Goggins, Policing and Justice Minister and Chair of the Organised Crime Task Force. He stated that “Buying fakes funds real crime and lines the pockets of criminals”.

He was speaking at yesterday’s launch of the Organised Crime Task Force’s Christmas advertising campaign which is aimed at highlighting the link between buying counterfeit goods and funding crime.

He said “Before you buy fake goods think about what you are really paying for? You could in reality be funding drugs, violent crime and criminal lifestyles by purchasing a dodgy DVD or a pair of fake designer jeans. That’s not much of a bargain and it’s not something that most people will want to be associated with.

Eddy Leviten, Head of Communications at FACT added: “FACT is delighted to support this campaign from the OCTF as it highlights the way that organised criminal networks are using audio-visual piracy to generate substantial profits as well as fund other criminal activities.

We have a strong working relationship with PSNI and in particular with the IP Crime Unit and we continue to see the benefits of this cooperation across Northern Ireland.”

The campaign is funded by the Northern Ireland Office, the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Federation Against Copyright Theft, and includes funding from the PSNI Assets Recovery Fund.

Categories

Latest News

News

Police warn of the risks of illegal streaming as Premier League returns behind closed doors

The City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) and FACT, leaders in intellectual property protection, are warning sports fans to use legitimate sources to watch the return of the Premier League as football comes back to our screens.   Only last year, three individuals were jailed for 17 years for defrauding the Premier League by providing … Continued

News

Criminal conviction for seller of illegal devices that provided access to paid-for content

On 9 June 2020 at Bolton Crown Court, Mark Schofield was sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to complete 240 hours of unpaid work. Investigations by FACT confirmed that Schofield was selling devices that provided access to paid-for content including sport and films via his Facebook page. FACT … Continued

News

Seller of illegal devices that bypassed paid-for TV content has been jailed

A man who sold illegal devices that bypassed paid-for TV content – costing legitimate service providers more than £2 million – has been jailed. On 1 June 2020 at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square, Daniel Aimson  formerly of Ullswater Road, Astley, Leigh was sentenced to 12 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to … Continued

News

Newly-appointed Investigations Manager starts at FACT

We’re pleased to announce that Princy Madanayake has become the newest team member at FACT, joining us to lead our Investigations team. With thirty years of experience in the Metropolitan Police, Princy has experience in a comprehensive range of criminal  investigations including armed robbery, drug importation, fraud and homicide, and has used a wide range … Continued