Two separate detachments from Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have succeeded in arresting suspected counterfeiters.
Officers from the Gaspésie – Îles-de-la-Madeleine RCMP just announced the seizure of approximately 3,500 DVDs, 400 copies of software, 1,000 computer games and 100 music CDs, all counterfeit, from a residence in New Richmond, Quebec. The Mounties also snatched computer equipment related to copying and producing the discs, and stated that the unnamed owner or resident of the dwelling could face charges under Canada’s Criminal Code and/or its Copyright Act.
Meanwhile, farther west, a Saskatoon section of the RCMP, in conjunction the Regina Technological Crime Unit, arrested a local man suspected of selling modified game consoles, which were pre-loaded with pirated software. Over 7,000 items were seized, with an estimated value placed at $203,000. The arrested 35-year old man, who intially drew the attention of authorities because of online advertisements, is also facing charges under both the Criminal Code and Copyright Act.
The RCMP, in an attempt to promote public awareness towards the “scourge” of counterfeiting, noted that “Every person who copies or reproduces a DVD, software, computer game or CD for the purpose of commercial distribution or sale commits an offence under the Copyright Act.”