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Owner of pirate movie store arrested
Central News Agency
2014-09-02 04:16 PM
Kaohsiung, Sept. 2 (CNA) Police have arrested a DVD rental shop owner in Kaohsiung for violations of the Copyright Act, it was reported Tuesday. During raids on the two shops owned by the owner, identified only by his surname Lin, police seized 275 pirated movies and disc burners. Police estimated that the amount of the infringement on copyright is valued at NT$10 million (US$334,295). Police said they received complaints in July by men who said they paid NT$40 to rent blockbuster DVDs from Lin's shops and found them to be of poor quality. Police then posed as patrons and rented DVDs from the shop that were then sent to Deltamac (Taiwan) Co., the distributor of the movies, for identification. The latter determined that they were unauthorized pirated discs. According to Deltamac, the cost of buying a legal disc is approximately NT$450 per film, while the cost of copying a pirated version is only NT$2. (By Chen Chao-fu and Lilian Wu)
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