DVD COUNTERFEITING OPERATION DISMANTLED BY THE RCMP

MONTRÉAL, Thursday, March 8, 2007 – On Friday, March 2, investigators of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Federal Investigation Section conducted a search in a Dollard-des-Ormeaux residence to put an end to a motion picture DVD counterfeiting and distribution operation.

A 45-year-old woman faces charges under section 42 of the Copyright Act, which provides for fines of up to 1 million dollars and imprisonment for up to five years.

700 Counterfeit Movies
As a result of this search, the RCMP Intellectual Property Rights Unit investigators seized more than 700 copies of movies on DVD. The suspect used mainly the Internet to distribute the counterfeit movies. The investigation is ongoing to determine the scope of the distribution operation and to gather further evidence.

Fighting crimes that impact on Canada’s economic integrity is a Royal Canadian Mounted Police priority.

As a reminder, the RCMP invites anyone who witnesses this type of fraud to contact the investigators of the Federal Investigation Section at (514) 939-8307. Any information that can lead to the arrest of individuals engaging in this form of crime is welcome.

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Information:

Communications Office
4225 Dorchester Boulevard
Wesmount, Quebec
(514) 939-8308