Malayasia’s biggest burner lab raid of 2007


MUMBAI: On 16 November, a team of 20 officers from the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (MDTCA), with support from the Malaysian Federation Against Copyright Theft (MFACT), representing the Motion Picture Association (MPA) raided a pirate optical disc burner lab located in a suburb near the capital. The team was led to the two-storey house following a tip from an informant.


A total of 340 optical disc burners were seized making it the largest burner lab busted this year. The burners could have produced 18 million pirated discs per year, generating a potential revenue of US$52 million. Two male and two female workers aged between 24 and 40 were arrested.


The raiding party also seized two vehicles, 23 printers, 1,315 pirated discs, 3,200 blank DVD-Rs and 5,000 blank CD-Rs.


It is believed that the lab has been in operation for more than a year and is a major supplier of pirated discs to street vendors throughout the Klang Valley. Among the pirated discs seized were MPA member company titles Ratatouille, Resident Evil, 30 Days of Night and local movie – Impak Maksima.


Motion Picture Association, Senior Vice President and Regional Director, Asia-Pacific, Mike Ellis said, “MDTCA’s swift action has once again crippled the pirate syndicates in Malaysia, hitting them where it hurts most” said “We congratulate them on another successful raid and look forward to working with them on the next one.”