EU doubles budget for anti-piracy police
The EU has ramped up funding for its intellectual property crime unit in an attempt to crackdown on piracy.
The bloc’s Agency for Law Enforcement Co-operation said that it was doubling the funding for its Intellectual Property Crime Co-ordinated Coalition, which has operated in partnership with the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) since July last year.
Officials claim that the coalition has been involved in 36 large intellectual property crime investigations this year, with more than 1,700 tip-offs regarding piracy and counterfeiting having been dealt with by investigators.
Rob Wainwright, Europol’s executive director, welcomed the announcement, saying that the coalition’s “operational successes are the perfect example of how building robust partnerships between the stakeholders involved is vital to effectively combat this crime”.
António Campinos, executive director of EUIPO, said that with the increased funding “the unit will be able to concentrate on a wider range of tasks, with a view to making the internet a safer place for consumers and businesses”.