(York) Region hot spot for
2,700 DVDS SEIZED IN COUNTRY MARKET
Martin Derbyshire, Staff Writer,
The Canadian Motion Picture
Distributors Association says York Region is quickly becoming a hot
spot for counterfeit flicks.
In fact, Markham's Pacific Mall,
where the Royal Canadian Mounted Police seized close to $800,000 in
counterfeit DVDs this past May, is one of the top places in all of
Canada to find pirated movies, according to the CMPDA's director of
anti-piracy investigations Gary Osmond.
"It's easily No. 1 or No. 2 in
Canada for counterfeits," he said.
Now a number of vendors at the
Stouffville Flea Market have joined a growing list of retailers caught
York Regional Police, following up
on information called into the CMPDA's national tip line, arrested two
people and seized another 2,700 counterfeit DVDs during a raid at the
Tenth Line market Saturday.
The value of the discs is estimated
Several vendors were found selling
knockoff discs of movies recently released and still playing in
theatres, police said.
A large quantity of colour-copied
DVD sleeve inserts, depicting artwork and studio information similar to
the genuine products, were also confiscated.
A 33-year-old Markham man and a
66-year-old Toronto woman are facing charges.
Pirated DVDs cost the industry over
$310 million a year and it is not a victimless crime, Mr. Osmond said.
Only one out of 10 movies actually
earns a profit and just four out of 10 break even, leaving the industry
heavily dependent on DVD, video cassette and pay-per-view sales as
major sources of revenue.
"The public sees motion picture
companies as making oodles and oodles of money; it's not Mr. and Mrs.
Joe Public losing money," he said. "What they don't realize is that
these DVDs being sold illegally create large losses for motion picture
companies, which means they'll be making fewer movies here in Canada
and there will be fewer jobs on set. Some theatres have also closed
down because of piracy and that means some teenager won't have a summer
job. It has a real effect."
Any DVD of a film still in the
theatres is a counterfeit and consumers should avoid deals on DVDs that
look too good to be true because they're probably fakes, Mr. Osmond
If you see someone selling
knockoffs call the CMPDA tip line at 1-800-363-9166. It will
investigate and notify local police.