Man arrested on suspicion of copyright offences in Maidenhead

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Man arrested on suspicion of copyright offences in Maidenhead

Computers and counterfeit goods have been seized from an address in Maidenhead and a 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of copyright offences as part of a police investigation.

City of London Police's Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) made the arrest on Thursday, November 17 after receiving information from anti-piracy company Entura International.

It is in connection with a copy of the film Brotherhood, a 2016 crime drama movie starring Noel Clarke, which was being made available to buy on the dark web ahead of its scheduled home release.

Detective Inspector Michael Dodge of the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit said: "Protecting the creative industries is of paramount importance to the UK and the Government estimates that it contributes £84.1 billion to the economy.

"Intellectual property crime is not a victimless crime as not only do hundreds of thousands of jobs rely on it but the money made funds organised crime groups that can also be involved in people and drug trafficking."

The man has been bailed until January.

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