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Finally! China cracks down on Pirated DVD's!

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4th September 2006 15:12  #1

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
Finally! China cracks down on Pirated DVD's!
Here's an official report from
Could not be happier with the results!

China cracks down on DVD piracy
FROM VARIETY: 90,000 vendors raided in nationwide campaign
By Clifford Coonan 8/29/2006

AUG. 29 | The era of near-day-and-date releases of Hollywood pics on DVD at Chinese pirate stores appears to be over—for the moment.

As part of a 100-day, nationwide piracy crackdown that began in July, police and copyright officials have raided nearly 90,000 shops and street vendors selling pirated DVDs and ripoff software, closed down 3,014 shops and busted 9,500 vendors for selling fakes.

Nearly all of Beijing’s best-known outlets for high-quality pirate DVDs have been closed or driven underground—viewings by appointment only. Any stores still operating have only poor-quality merchandise or older products.

The Devil Wears Prada and Superman Returns were on sale in one outlet, which had removed its sign and looked closed from the outside except to the cognoscenti, but the quality was dreadful. Normally razor-sharp copies of these movies would be available by now.

The State Press & Publication Administration, which monitors China’s antipiracy efforts, said 8.4 million illegal CDs and DVDs have been confiscated during the drive.

Beijing’s poor protection of intellectual copyright has put a strain on relations with Washington over the years.

There are regular crackdowns on the open sale of pirate products in China’s cities, usually timed to coincide with the visit of a senior U.S. or EU politician.

But it’s generally business as usual as soon as the whistle-stop tour is over.

However, there are signs this campaign may be serious: It’s more widespread than usual and the tone of official utterances more severe.

“We are giving shopkeepers a stern lesson to make it clear that selling pirated products will lead to strict penalties,” SPPA VP Liu Binjie said.

SPPA is allowing vendors to hand in pirated copies as part of an amnesty, and the organization said more than 60% of shops nationwide have taken the offer.

“We will strike hard on those who ignore our warning and continue to sell such products. We will close every shop we find guilty of violations in the next two months,” Binjie said.

4th September 2006 15:50  #2

BoBoi Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: Australia Posts: 1,109 Send a message via MSN to BoBoi Send a message via Yahoo to BoBoi
I hate pirated stuff, low and have no integrity...

6th September 2006 14:11  #3

demiscy Member Join Date: April 2006 Location: Cyprus Posts: 589
You could not be happier? Why? Were you losing money over this?

6th September 2006 14:31  #4

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
demiscy wrote: You could not be happier? Why? Were you losing money over this?

Anybody that buys legitimate releases loses money over piracy.

6th September 2006 15:27  #5

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
No I did not lose money. I am happy that those idiots got their businesses shut down! I have never touched any of those pirated stuff cause I know what their quality would be camera, etc, etc. So I hope they have learned their lesson. They have to go down sometime.

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