Three Charged with Pirated DVD's



    NEWMARKET, ON, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and
the York Regional Police Service have charged three Markham area residents
with creating, possessing and selling pirated DVD movies.
    Yesterday, the RCMP Greater Toronto Area Federal Enforcement Section and
members of the York Regional Police searched eight stores at the Pacific Mall
in Markham and two retail outlets and a storage unit in the Dynasty Mall in
Toronto. Several employees found to be selling pirated copies of Chinese and
English feature films and TV series were arrested. A vehicle and two
residences were also searched.
    Police are alleging the accused unlawfully recorded and burned DVD's. In
excess of 15,000 DVD's were seized during the searches yesterday. Some of the
movies found were "Superbad", "Bourne Ultimatum", "Surf's Up" and "Rush Hour
3" - movies which are currently running in local cinemas. Also seized were 65
DVD burners located in one of the residences.

    Charged under the Copyright Act are:

    
    -   Yannie SIU, age 26 of Markham, Ontario
    -   You Jie WU, age 37 of Markham, Ontario
    -   Yu WANG 23 yrs old, Markham, Ont.
    

    "There are legitimate businesses within these malls who are losing
business and having difficulty staying solvent because of these pirated
DVD's," stated Inspector Peter Goulet, Officer in Charge of the RCMP Federal
Enforcement Section.
    "This was a sophisticated criminal operation that netted these
individuals huge profits" said Chief Armand La Barge. "We are pleased to work
with our colleagues from the RCMP to ensure individuals running these illegal
operations are brought to justice."
    Several of the accused will be appearing in Newmarket Court today for a
bail hearing.





For further information:

For further information: Cpl. Judy Falbo, RCMP Media Relations, office:
(905) 876-9674, mobile: (905) 299-6515; Cst. Laurie Perks, York Regional
Police Media Relations, office: 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7977, mobile: (905)
955-3581


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