THE RCMP CONDUCTS A RAID AGAINST SATELLITE TELEVISION PIRACY IN SEPT-ILES


Sept-Iles, June 9, 2006 – Yesterday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police put an end to the unlawful activities of three residents of the Sept-Iles region specializing in satellite television signal piracy. The RCMP investigators along with the Sûreté du Québec MRC des Sept-Rivières searched the residences of the three suspects and seized various types of equipment used to steal satellite television signals. The three suspects were arrested and could face charges under the Radiocommunication Act and the Copyright Act.

The three searches were carried out in partnership with Industry Canada, Bell Canada Security and the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association - Investigation Division, and resulted in the seizure of decoders, various software, Bell Express Vu access cards, computers and several hundreds of counterfeit CDs. The analysis of the hard disks found on the premises could lead to other individuals linked to or involved in satellite television signal and CD piracy.

As a reminder, the RCMP will pursue appropriate action in order to enforce applicable laws pertaining to illegal business practices and the theft of telecommunication. The theft of satellite signals accounts for losses estimated at more than 100 million dollars annually for the Canadian economy.

The RCMP takes this opportunity to promote public awareness of this social evil and to encourage electronic equipment retailers and consumers to refrain from engaging in this illegal trade.

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Information:
Ghislain Ouellet, Constable
Cote-Nord Detachment
(418) 962-2061