FEBRUARY 16, 2001
RECORD POLICE SEIZURE OF OPTICAL DISCS
62,000 confiscated from six Markham addresses (FVSO News Release)

Three organizations yesterday released the results of Wednesday’s six-location sweep during an antipiracy operation in Markham, Ontario. Those results included confiscation of more than 62,000 optical discs, the largest such seizure in Canadian history.

The haul included over 1,000 pirate copies of popular motion picture titles such as Sony's Crouching Tiger  Hidden Dragon, several titles of the more recent James Bond releases and classic titles such as Spartacus, Rebel Without A Cause, High Noon, Exodus and Breakfast At Tiffany's, all recorded in DVD and VCD formats. The remainder of the confiscated haul consisted of bogus music discs and a supply of blank discs apparently for use in further illegal copying and are currently being examined.

On Wednesday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police North Toronto Detachment Federal Enforcement Section, accompanied by Jim Sweeney, Ontario Regional Representative of the Film & Video Security Office and representatives of the Canadian Recording Industry Association executed search warrants at four stores and two residences where they seized the discs, along with computers, scanner, printing equipment and compact disc replicators capable of recording 22 discs simultaneously.

“We had worked with the RCMP for three months getting ready for this operation. It got started because a consumer complained about the quality of a recording purchased in one of the stores,” Sweeney said afterwards. “The end result is that the operation produced the largest-ever confiscation of optical discs in Canada, both in terms of DVD and the overall total.”

The four stores, located in Markham shopping malls --- Pacific Mall, Times Square and First Markham Place --  do business as Image and Sound, explained RCMP Cpl. Mike Bezansom.

Four accused have been charged under the Copyright Act for the illegal copying and under the Criminal Code for conspiring to import, distribute and sell the counterfeit discs. They are: Philip Kwok Chung, Yin Ping Chung, Melody Lin Lu and Tse-Kit Jack Ng, all of Markham.

“When these works are reproduced by unauthorized sources for profit, copyright holders lose revenue and reputation. The Canadian economy loses significant tax revenue,” Bezansom said. “Canadian businesses lose revenue, sometimes to the point of bankruptcy.”