Two arrested in Malaysian anti piracy raid

MUMBAI: Malaysian anti-piracy forces have arrested two persons and confiscated a VCD production line and printing machine capable of producing 3.5 million pirated optical discs per year worth in excess of $7 million, in Kuala Lumpur on 11 June 2007.

Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (MDTCA) officers, accompanied by Motion Picture Association (MPA) representatives, broke down factory doors that had been barred against their entry, and seized pirated optical discs infringing both foreign and local movies, as well as music and software.

The raid came during Operation Tripod, an aggressive MPA anti-piracy enforcement initiative targeting the production, distribution and sales of pirated movies that is scheduled to run through 30 June 2007 in 13 countries and territories across the Asia-Pacific region. Operation Tripod is also focused on the illegal camcording of newly released titles in cinemas, claims the MPA.