Tuesday, October 07, 2008

16 Copyright Piracy Suspects Identified During Operation Torpedo in Hong Kong

According to a press release by Karri Ho from the International Federation Against Copyright Theft – Greater China (IFACT-GC), from September 29 to October 1, IFACT-GC representing the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and the CJ Mark Committee (CJ Mark) in Hong Kong, which represents Japanese rights owners, joined forces with over 120 officers from the Hong Kong Customs Intellectual Property Investigation Bureau (IPIB) and the Special Task Force (STF) in a territory-wide anti-piracy operation against a series of distribution and retail outlets selling pirated optical discs in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

19 retail shops and a warehouse were raided. Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department estimates that the seizures of the DVDs created a revenue loss of HK$ 1,147,963 (US$ 147,175).

15 or 16 suspects (in the same press release these two numbers are used) of copyright infringement of Hollywood, Hong Kong and Japanese movies were arrested.

Read the IFACT-GC press release by Karri Ho here (pdf).

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