A LARGE-scale counterfeit DVD business earning hundreds of thousands of dollars a year has been busted in suburban Melbourne.
Phong Quoc Ly, 34, from Clayton, the owner of Quoc Phong DVD World, has been charged after a nine-month Australian Federal Police investigation into the Springvale business.
Officers raided the business premises yesterday, seizing more than 15,000 pirated DVDs and 53 DVD burners.
It is estimated the business was worth $300,000 a year.
"The man was subsequently charged and is scheduled to appear in Melbourne Magistrates' Court today," Det-Supt Ian Bate said.
"The AFP takes these large-scale cases of copyright theft very seriously, and this should be a warning to others who may be manufacturing and selling counterfeit goods that you are likely to get caught out."
Phong Quoc Ly has been charged with five counts under the Copyright Act 1968:
• One count of commercial-scale infringement prejudicing copyright owner.
• One count of making infringing copy commercially.
• One count of selling or hiring out infringing copy.
• One count of possessing infringing copy for commerce.
• One count of making or possessing device for making infringing copy.
He was also charged with dealing with money or property from proceeds of crime worth $100,000 or more contrary to section 400.9(1) of the Criminal Code 1995.
The maximum penalty for these offences is five years' imprisonment.
news.com.au 8 Nov 2013
The above mentioned alleged charges can easily dismissed in court.
If the corporation known as the police treat copyright infringement seriously, then some more cases will be brought forward so other 'criminals' can be arrested.
Police work for corporations and NOT keepers of the peace as their sworn oath states.
The corporate media make out as if it is a conspiracy 'theory', if the true machinations for police fraud and corruptions are brought to the surface.
The authorities do very little when it comes to real 'pirates' the ones who kill people, as the general populous is 'canon fodder'.