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DVD pirates fined £10,600

Beijing court takes hard line

A Beijing court has convicted and fined operators of a pirated DVD shop, the MPA (Motion Picture Association) has announced.

The owners of the shop, Beijing Century Hai Hong Trading, were found guilty of copyright infringement for selling pirated copies of DVD films. Judge Song Guang of the Beijing Second Intermediate People's Court ordered the company to pay damages of 164,000 yuan (about £10,600) to the copyright holders, and to immediately cease sale of all pirated DVDs.

The pirated films sold by Beijing Century Hai Hong were all from MPA member companies, but the MPA did not state which members nor name the films involved in the case, in a statement yesterday.

The MPA is the international arm of the Motion Picture Association of America, the American film industry's lobbying group. It is comprised of Hollywood's largest film studios: Buena Vista, Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Twentieth Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers and Universal.


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