LONDON, ON, April 21 /CNW/ - On Saturday, April 18th, 2009 members of the
London RCMP Detachment executed a search warrant on a vehicle parked at the
Trails End Farmers Market as well as a London area home. Seized were
approximately 900 pirated DVDs, computer equipment and a handgun.
Larry Moon (age 46) and Harold Nelson (age 52) both of London, Ontario
were arrested and are facing charges under the Copyright Act for making and
allegedly offering for sale an infringing copy of work where copyright
subsists. The RCMP alleged that Moon and Nelson occupied space at the Trails
End Farmers Market where they sold pirated movies. A search of their vehicle,
which was parked outside the market, by members of the RCMP resulted in the
seizure of approximately 900 pirated DVDs including recently released DVD
movies, movies still in the theaters and others yet to be released. Titles
included: X-Men Origins - Wolverine, Monsters vs Aliens, Bride Wars, Fast and
Furious and Twilight amongst many others. A subsequent search of their
residence resulted in the seizure of the equipment required in the production
of the pirated movies.
Harold Nelson is also facing charges under the Criminal Code in relation
to a firearm seized at the residence. If convicted, both men could face fines
not exceeding twenty-five thousand dollars or imprisonment for a term not
exceeding six months or both.
Illegal DVD rings are costing Canada's movie industry about $138 million
a year, according to Gary Osmond, of the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors
Association. "It affects the whole industry - from the retail merchant, to the
producer to the actors - it affects everybody up the chain," Osmond said.
"It's important that the public knows that these acts are criminal and
that we will take action," stated Inspector Dwight Blok, Officer in Charge of
RCMP London Detachment." We need the public's assistance because, in a lot of
cases, it's the public that makes us aware of the offenders."
Larry Moon and Harold Nelson are scheduled to appear in court in London
on the 15th of May, 2009.
"Anyone with information regarding the sale and/or manufacturing or
distributing of Pirated DVD movies is invited to contact the RCMP at
1-800-387-0020 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-265-4444."
For further information:
For further information: Cpl. Darren Morgan, London Federal Enforcement
Section, RCMP "O" Division, Office: (519) 645-4329 ext.230, Cell: (519)