TORONTO POLICE BUST DVD BURNING LAB
(TORONTO, Feb. 20 CNW) - On Friday, February 17, 2006, officers from Toronto Police, 31 Division, with assistance from the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association, executed a criminal code search warrant at 415 Oakdale Road, Unit 236, a business operating under the name "Better Life Employment Agency" that was set up as a counterfeit DVD burning lab.
Seized from the offices were approximat4ely 2,000 DVDs of motion pictures titles, some of which are still playing in movie theatres and 4 computer towers containing 26 DVD Recorders. Also seized were disc and DVD case labels and printing equipment.
Police initially attended the address on Thursday evening in response to a shooting call. On arrival, they found one man hiding in an inner office and the DVD lab in operation, burning copies of Hustle & Flow, released on DVD by Paramount on January 10, 2006 and Universal Studio's The Ice Harvest, not due for DVD release until February 28, 2006.
Hervin JENKINS, 34 yrs, of Toronto, has been charged with Fraud Over $5,000.00, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5,000.00 and several Copyright Act offences. The extent of the fraud is estimated to be in excess of $40,000.00.
In an unrelated matter, on Sunday, February 19, 2006, 31 Division officers seized an additional 1,500 counterfeit DVDs from a flea market booth at the Jane-Finch Mall. The 2 young male vendors had apparently been frightened off by uniformed Auxiliary Police patrolling the mall and fled abandoning the illegal DVDs.
"DVD burning labs have a major impact on legitimate retail DVD sales in the Toronto area and we greatly appreciate the effort put into this investigation by the Police at 31 Division", said Serge Corriveau, Vice-President of the CMPDA's Anti-Piracy Operations. "The sale of pirated movies that are still playing in theatres also has an adverse affect on box office revenues" added Corriveau.
The Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association is the Canadian affiliate of the Motion Picture Association, the international counterpart of the Motion Picture Association of America and represents a number of major U.S. motion picture studios in the Canadian distribution of feature films, television, pay TV and home video.