FACT: How to tackle IP theft
The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) produced this video as an introduction to the panel "IP Theft: A European Perspective" at the PEVE conference in London (10 March 2011). Established in 1983, FACT's primary purpose is to protect the United Kingdom's film and broadcasting industry against counterfeiting, copyright and trademark infringements.
The federation works in three key areas: Online piracy in all forms- with a focus on those distributing large volumes of illicit film and TV content Hard goods piracy organised criminal networks operating in the UK (and worldwide) have adopted audiovisual piracy as a crime type to generate substantial illegal profits Prevention and detection of illegal recording in cinemas over 90% of the counterfeit versions of movies originate initially from a copy recorded in a cinema FACT works closely across the UK with Police, Trading Standards, HM Revenue & Customs, UK Border Agency, Serious and Organised Crime Agency and the other agencies.
FACT also has a close association with other industry enforcement bodies. FACT's Intelligence Unit plays a key role in assessing, analysing and reporting on the threats to its members' businesses from criminal activity and tasks FACT's own investigators as well as producing strategic documents available to partner agencies.
FACT plays a key role in creating awareness of the dangers associated with counterfeiting and continually gathers evidence to prove that film piracy is linked to other criminal activities, from benefit fraud to violence. For more information, visit www.fact-uk.org.uk/