Dezember 20, 2017 Allgemein

Operation Underli©ensing 3 by the Guardia di Finanza

Last week Operation Underli©ensing 3, which aims to combat software piracy, was finalised by the Intellectual Property Protection Special Unit of the Guardia di Finanza, an Italian law enforcement body working under the authority of the Minister of Economy and Finance.

Italian police officers carried out 121 simultaneous inspections at the offices of companies across the national territory, to verify the regular possession and use of software (software used for various economic and professional activities).

Each police team was made up of Guardia di Finanza specialists, qualified in C.F.D.A (Computer Forensics Data Analysis) and experienced in examining and detecting the most remote and hidden content found in the virtual memory of a computer.

In all, 62 entrepreneurs were reported and sanctioned with administrative penalties amounting to some 15 million euros.

Operation Underli©ensing 3 was led by the Guardia di Finanza to protect IP rights through the concept of ‘shared security’. This consisted of a synergistic collaboration between institutions, police forces and rights holders, who were found in the SIAC ― the Anti-Counterfeiting Information System (, and managed by the Intellectual Property Protection Special Unit, which served as a link between the different stakeholders.