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Raids net pirate DVDs, equipment

Crackdown in Hong Kong and Jakarta

Raids in Indonesia and Hong Kong have led to seizures of pirated DVDs and reproduction equipment, as well as the arrests of a number of people. The MPA (Motion Picture Association) broke the news of the June raids yesterday.

In two separate Hong Kong raids on 28 June, Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department officers seized equipment including 75 disc stampers, 50 DVD-R burners and 10 CD-R burners. The stampers and recording equipment were worth more than HK$28m (about £2m), the MPA said. Eight arrests were made in the two police actions.

On 23 June, police in the Indonesia capital of Jakarta raided what the MPA called "the notorious pirate retail centre Ratu Plaza", grabbing 410,000 illegal DVDs in the process. The street value of the discs was estimated at US$400,000 (about £220,000).

The MPA estimates that US film studios lost US$6.1bn (£3.3bn) to worldwide piracy in 2005. The MPA is the international arm of the Motion Picture Association of America, a trade group representing the interests of the American film industry.


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