Raids net 30,000 DVDs, 2700 counterfeit goods

Hong Kong Customs conducted a strike-and-search operation in Sham Shui Po, seizing 2700 pieces of counterfeit goods and arresting five women this week.

And in another raid they seized 30,000 pirated optical disks worth an estimated $700,000.

They are the latest in a series of enforcement activities around the territory which have seen tens of thousands of handbags, watches, electronics and optical disks seized in recent weeks, mostly in Kowloon.

In the frist raid, acting on information, Customs officers cracked down on two wholesale and two retail outlets in the operation with the seizure of the items, which included 430 suspected pirated inflatable lanterns, 2170 suspected pirated toys and stationery items and 120 suspected fake stationery items, valued at about $43,000 in total. Five women, aged between 33 and 52, were arrested. They have been released on bail pending further investigation.

In the DVD raid in Wan Chai, Customs searched four shops suspected of selling pirated optical discs. More than 30,000 suspected pirated optical discs worth about $700,000 were seized. Three men, aged between 31 and 50, were arrested. They were released on bail pending further investigation.

The seized discs were mainly Japanese cartoon TV series and movies . Mainland and Hong Kong TV dramas and movies were also found.

Hong Kong Customs said it would continue its enforcement actions to combat infringing activities.

“Members of the public are recommended to purchase at shops with good reputations.”

Traders have been warned that selling infringing and counterfeit goods is “a serious crime and offenders are liable to criminal sanctions”.

Under copyright laws, If convicted, traders face penalties including a maximum of four years in jail and a fine of $50,000 for each infringing copy.

Under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, it is an offence to sell or possess for sale any goods with any forged trademark. Upon conviction, offenders are liable to a maximum punishment of imprisonment for five years and a fine of $500,000.

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