Two arrested in counterfeit DVD operation, Minto, N.B.

Photo : RCMP Cpl. Mark Thibodeau with the Federal Enforcement Section

The RCMP has arrested two people believed to be involved in the counterfeiting and selling of DVD movies. Acting on a search warrant, the RCMP went into a home in Minto on March 21, 2006. The RCMP seized video dubbing equipment, computers and hundreds of pirated DVD’s. This included more than 400 different major motion picture DVD’s. The DVD’s were being sold for $10.00 each.

A 36-year old man and a 34-year old woman from Minto have been arrested. They will appear in court in Burton, N.B. on May 15, 2006 at 9:30am.

Copyright infringement is a growing and serious issue in Canada and around the world. Counterfeit goods - whether smuggled into the country or produced in Canada - represent a financial loss to legitimate businesses, governments and taxpayers. As these goods are often cheaply made and not up to Canadian standards, they not only defraud consumers, but may also represent risks to consumer/user safety. Criminal offences under the Copyright Act are punishable by fines of up to $1 million or imprisonment of up to five years.

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Sgt. Terry Lee Kennedy
(506) 452-4252
(506) 470-9505