Raids

Bristol
Avon and Somerset Police raided a house in Bristol that was being used as a distribution centre for pirate DVDs. 5,000 DVDs, along with thousands of printed inlay cards and polythene packing bags. A 36 year old man, Ming Zheng Lin, was arrested and charged under Section 92 of the Trade Marks Act and Section 107 of the Copyright and Patents Act. He appeared before Bath Magistrates Court this morning for a brief hearing. He was remanded in custody and will next appear at Bristol Crown Court on March 6, 2006.

Two other men, aged in their late 20s, who police also arrested have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Blackburn
As a result of Hertfordshire Trading Standards receiving a complaint from the purchase of counterfeit copy of Little Britain on eBay and Blackburn Trading Standards who had a similar complaint a house in Blackburn was visited by Blackburn TS and FACT.A male aged 35 and a woman aged 29 were arrested and over 1400 DVDs were seized.

Dundee
Peter Robert Cruickshank, age 35, from Bearsdon and Wilfred Siddle, age 54, from Dundee have just pleaded guilty to copyright offences. Under an ongoing Proceeds of Crime Act investigation, total assets worth £1 million have been frozen (£850 000 and £150 000 respectively)

FACT investigators started the investigation in 2003 and they then passed it onto Police in Galloway. This culminated in a seizure in December 2003 and FACT did the product examination for this case under the Video Recordings Act.

Latest Content

News

Content creators Jakidale and Arianna Chieli shine a light on the dangers of Illegal streaming

Italian families are increasingly at risk as new research shows that 47 per cent of families illegally streaming have seen extreme or explicit pop-ups. More than 1000 Italian parents with children up to 16 years of age were interviewed A new campaign from FACT, one of Europe’s leading associations for the protection of intellectual property, … Continued

News Sky Business

Hereford Licensee ordered to pay over £6,000 for illegally screening Sky Sports

On Tuesday 22nd March 2022, Mr. Michael Hudson of the Prince of Wales public house, Walford Road, Ross on Wye was convicted in his absence of two offences of dishonest reception of a television transmission, in this case, Sky televised football matches, with the intent to avoid payment of the applicable charge. Sky Sports is … Continued

News Prosecutions

Illicit streaming fraudsters jailed

FACT instigated investigation leads to over 10 years total prison sentences  Hampshire County Council Trading Standards and FACT have welcomed a successful outcome in the courts relating to the illegal streaming of copyright material. Following a detailed investigation led by the County Council’s Trading Standards officers working in collaboration with FACT  and National Trading Standards, … Continued

News

FACT’s anti-piracy and content protection work in 2021

2021 was another busy year for FACT’s content protection team! From the first conviction of its type in the UK to a summer road trip serving cease and desist notices, we continue to protect content by disrupting illegal activity and holding those responsible to account. With separate convictions and sentences seen in 2021 for the … Continued