Yau Ma Tei piracy stores raided with 10,000 discs seized

Two Yau Ma Tei piracy stores were raised last week as Hong Kong Customs continues to clamp down the sale of copyright-infringing discs.

A customs spokesman said 6000 optical discs suspected of being pirated were seized in the raid along with 4000 discs suspected of being obscene. The entire haul was estimated to be worth about $220,000.

Two men were arrested, one aged 69, the other 71.

If prosecuted and convicted of possessing obscene material with plans to publish or sell it, the men face a potential fine of $1 million and up to three years in jail. Under the Copyright Ordinance, they face a maximum fine of $50,000 per infringing copy and four years in jail.

Customs has been carrying out “stringent enforcement actions” against the sale of infringing goods and the spokesman said it will continue to step up patrols and enforcement actions against privacy activities.

Meanwhile, investigations into the Ya Mau Tei piracy stores is continuing.

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