RICHMOND DVD PIRATE RAIDED
Thursday April 19, 2007
Richmond; Corporal Steve Goss, N.C.O. i/c of the Economic &
Computer Crime Section at Richmond Detachment, today announced the
recent Police raid of a criminal counterfeit DVD retailing operation.
In November 2006 Police received a complaint from the local rights
holder of various Chinese-language motion picture films regarding the
existence of a sophisticated counterfeit DVD movie retailer at the
President's Plaza shopping mall in Richmond. A lengthy investigation
proceeded which culminated yesterday on April 18, 2007 with the
execution of a search warrant at the business premises of President
Video at #1150-8181 Cambie Road, Richmond BC.
The store was stocked with approximately 3,000 high-quality counterfeit
Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Hollywood DVD movies. These imitations
were being sold to the general public at prices ranging from $7 each to
four for $20, which is a fraction of the normal retail price for
genuine products. It is believed that the counterfeit movies were being
produced in China and then shipped to Canada for sale.
The owner/operator of the business, a 46-year old male from Richmond
BC, was arrested at scene and later released to attend Court on a
future date. Numerous charges under the federal Copyright Act are being
considered. A conviction under the Copyright Act carries a maximum
penalty of 5 years imprisonment and/or a $1 million fine.
For more information please contact Corporal Steve Goss at
Peter Thiessen, Cpl.
6900 Minoru BLVD
Richmond, BC V6Y1Y3