5 Million Pirated Discs in Asia-Pacific Sting

Operation Trident consisted of 1,874 raids which resulted in the seizing of nearly 5 million pirated discs and the arrest of 870 people during a two-month anti-piracy operation. The large-scale operation targeted pirate production facilities, pirated optical discs from street vendors, retail shops and markets; and the exporters of pirated DVDs and video CDs. The Asia-Pacific countries involved in the raids included Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. While Malaysia conducted the most raids - 606, with 329 people arrested - it was China where officials seized the most discs: 60% of the 4.8 million total.

The Motion Picture Association, which coordinated the operation in December and January, said the goal was to protect sales of movie theater tickets and home video products "by reducing the availability of pirated optical discs during the important Christmas and New Year holiday season."

News source: Physorg

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