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Fiji video industry in piracy clean-up campaign

The Fiji Audio Visual Industry Association (FAVIA) has followed the military in its clean-up campaign by tracking down illegal suppliers of DVD in its fight to curb piracy in the country.

In a statement, the association said it was collecting complaints against those stores dealing in pirated films to include in it submissions to the Fiji Military Force, police and motion picture association. "Let us join hands and help clean up Fiji in our fight against piracy," the statement said.

FAVIA has requested the general public to report any information on the name and location of DVD stores that deal in pirated DVD's and pictures of individuals purchasing DVD's from pirate stores.

"The Fiji Government has lost about $40million in customs Duty and Value Added Tax in 2005 because of piracy, yet no action has been taken by Fiji Islands Revenue and Customs Authority against the pirate stores despite complaints by FAVIA.

"According to the industry in 2005 over 3.3 million movie recording storage devices of various formats were imported into Fiji."

Story filed 14.01.07

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