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$3.7m pirate DVD lab busted in Australia

Authorities who raided a Springvale (Australia) home last week found computer hardware with the capacity to copy more than $3.7 million worth of pirated DVD movies, including hardcore pornography and Hollywood blockbusters.

The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) said the raid was a catalyst in the fight against movie piracy, which costs the Australian film industry hundreds of millions of dollars each year in potential revenue.

Police officers assisted in the raid, seizing five computers and 17 DVD-R burners. Authorities also arrested a 19-year-old Springvale man.

AFACT executive director Adrianne Pecotic said police also found a quantity of illegal drugs and more than 1000 pirated optical discs, including blockbuster movies, children’s titles and hardcore pornography.

The raided DVD lab had the capacity to copy $3.7 million worth of DVDs, assuming burners were operating for 10 hours per day, seven days per week, and had a street price of $10, Ms Pecotic said.

Story filed 29.01.06

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