Scots police in £10m bootleg raid

'Colossal success' - ELSPA

More than £10 million worth of counterfeit goods was seized at Ingleston Market, Edinburgh, last weekend in what is being described as one of the biggest counterfeiting raids of recent years.

The operation exposed six stalls selling illegal gear including computer games, music CDs, films, and business software discs.

One stall offered punters the chance to modify their PlayStation 2 consoles with flip-top lids so people could use them to play pirated games.

As a result of the raid eighteen people were arrested and are now awaiting charges.

Said Roger Bennett, of the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association: "The colossal success we have accomplished in the run up to Christmas this year shows not only our determination to eradicate second-rate, poor quality counterfeit computer and video games that will only disappoint the consumer."

More than £13 million worth of fake computer and video games, including this latest haul, has been seized over the last two months in what is being described as a "colossal success" for the industry.

ELSPA reckons that recent seizures of counterfeit goods is "encouraging" for the computer and video games industry as it continues its fight against the menace of digital piracy. ®