MARCH 09, 2001
Warned by police, video store continued renting pirate videos (FVSO News Release)

Toronto Police yesterday carried out a video piracy raid at a variety store whose owner disregarded their previous warning about the illegality of copying major video titles.  Accompanied by Jim Sweeney, Ontario Regional Field Representative of the Film & Video Security Office, Toronto Police 32 Division Major Crime Unit officers executed the search warrant at 120 Torresdale Avenue, Unit 1, marking the most recent step in a case that began in October 2000.

The haul of 113 bogus VHS tapes included Dreamworks’ American Beauty Columbia TriStar’s Love Stinks, Fox’s Me, Myself & Irene, Miramax’s Playing By Heart, Touchstone’s Mission To Mars, Universal’s American Pie and Erin Brockovich and Nutty Professor II, Warner’s Wild, Wild West and The Matrix.

The raid became necessary because the accused had ignored the earlier warning about the pirate videos in store displays, Sweeney explained. “After the police warning, we investigated the store and concluded that infringing copies were still being rented,” Sweeney said.

Police charged Veaceslav Cernicov with Renting and Exposing for Rental an infringing copy as defined in the Copyright Act Section 42(1)(b) with further charges expected.