LONDON, ON, June 13, 2012 /CNW/ - As a result of an anonymous tip, members of the London RCMP Detachment seized over one thousand pirated DVD's from space rented at the Asian Food Mart in London.
Pirated DVDs in flimsy plastic sleeves were openly displayed for sale at space rented at the Asian Food Mart. The vendor was found in possession of approximately 1,200 movies for sale including recently released DVD movies, movies still in the theaters and others yet to be released. Titles included: Men in Black 3, The Dictator, The Hunger Games and 21 Jump Street amongst many others.
This investigation is on-going and charges are pending.
"A joint study undertaken by Ipsos and Oxford Economics on behalf of the Motion Picture Association- Canada has indicated the scale of harm caused by movie piracy in Canada as follows: Direct consumer spending losses to the movie industry i.e cinema owners, distributors, producers and retailers were $895 million. There were 12,600 full time jobs foregone across the entire economy as a result of movie piracy" according to Marc Proulx, Director for Content Protection of the Motion Picture Association - Canada.
"It's important that the public knows that these acts are criminal and that we will take action", stated S/Sgt. Steve Arthur, Acting Officer in Charge of RCMP London Detachment." We need the public's help because, in a lot of cases, it's the public that makes us aware of the offenders."
Anyone with information regarding the sale and /or manufacturing or distributing of pirated DVD movies is asked to contact the RCMP at 1-800-387-0020 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-265-4444.
For further information:
Cpl. Darren Morgan
Media Relation Officer
RCMP "O" Division
Office: (519) 645-4329 ext. 248