Pirate DVD bust: 5000 discs seized

By PATRIZIA REIMER news@northernstar.com.au

A BOOTLEGGING bust has netted more than 5000 pirated discs produced by two men in Ballina.

A Ballina man and his Alstonville brother were questioned on Wednesday after a six-month investi-

gation and a search warrant executed that day.

Police and investigators from the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT), Music Industry Piracy Investigations, and Microsoft worked together to catch the men.

The confiscated discs include copies of Happy Feet, Casino Royale and other films yet to be released to DVD.

Robbie Williams and Madonna CDs, Windows 2007 software, pornographic DVDs and six computers were also in the haul.

During the investigations examiners made covert purchases which they received from an Alstonville Post Office box.

The two men are expected to face charges relating to the Copyright and Trademark Acts and face fines of up to $60,500 or five years in prison.

AFACT Director of Operations Michael Kerin said it could be a few weeks before charges were laid as the organisations had to compile a list of all the copyright infringements.

He also said piracy was not just a city crime.

"The interesting part of this is that despite being in a regional centre, this website has literally thousands of items for sale," he said.

"And just because you might be in a regional centre, it doesn't mean you can escape the law."



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