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Crackdown on copyright offences for pirate DVDS.



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ATTORNEY-GENERAL THE HON. DARYL WILLIAMS AM QC MP

NEWS RELEASE

Media Contact: Jennifer Grove (08) 9316 3633/0407 467 870 www.law.gov.au

4 October 2002 106/02

CRACKDOWN ON COPYRIGHT OFFENCES FOR PIRATE DVDS

I welcome the recent successful prosecution of a man for copyright offences in relation to selling pirate DVDs at the Penrith markets in Sydney.

The man appeared before Penrith Local Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to 10 charges under the Copyright Act.

The Magistrate imposed a total fine of $5000, plus court costs and ordered the man forfeit 237 DVDs.

The prosecution follows a successful joint operation by NSW Police and the Australian Film & Video Security Office (AFVSO) at Penrith (Sydney Western Suburbs) markets in June 2002.

This crackdown serves as a timely warning to people that copyright piracy is a crime with serious consequences.

The possession of unauthorised copies of DVDs for the purpose of sale is a criminal offence.

People should be aware that if they are caught making, distributing or selling pirated movies or sound recordings they may face criminal convictions, financial penalties of up to $65,000 and imprisonment for up to five years.

I applaud the cooperation by law enforcement agencies and industry bodies to prevent copyright piracy in Australia which results in millions of dollars in lost revenue each year for the copyright industries and legitimate business.