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Red card for Taiwanese DVD factory

Pirates' booty seized

Police in Taiwan have raided a pirate DVD and CD-R lab, arresting four people and seizing 250 optical disc burners, the MPA (Motion Picture Association) said yesterday.

The 11 May raid, backed in part by the MPA as part of its Operation Red Card antipiracy programme, also seized more than 100,000 movie discs. The police operation was the second in a week in Taiwan, following the arrests of two men and the confiscation of 67 DVD-R burners in Taipei on 6 May.

The name Operation Red Card refers to the red card issued by a referee to players ejected from a football match for unsportsmanlike conduct or repeated fouls.

There has been a recent upsurge in antipiracy activity in Taiwan. Earlier in this month, police arrested a man in Taoyuan, in northern Taiwan, on the suspicion that he was videotaping Mission: Impossible 3 at a local cinema.

Upon their release at cinemas in Asia and North America, newly released films are sometimes videotaped illegally, then burned onto DVDs and VCDs (video CDs) for sale as pirated discs. The discs can be mass-produced by multiple DVD and CD burners.

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