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Dutch court fines Bollywood pirates

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 15 Dec 2007 11:45 User comments (2)

Dutch court fines Bollywood pirates A Dutch court has handed out fines up to 15,000 to several Rotterdam shopkeepers for selling counterfeit Bollywood material. Three of the defendants were also given community service sentences of up to 200 hours and a three month conditional prison sentence. The action stemmed from a March 2005 raid which led to the seizure of more than 140,000 CDs and DVDs containing Indian music and movies from 13 shops across Rotterdam.
The raids had involved around 100 officers from the Dutch fiscal police, supported by investigators from record industry bodies IFPI and BPI as well as Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN, who assisted the authorities in identifying illegal product. Most of the illegal product originated in Pakistan, a major source of illegal copies of popular Indian films and music.

"Despite the high profile of online piracy, the sale of counterfeit Bollywood CDs and DVDs is still a major problem in the Netherlands. We are pleased with this verdict that sends a strong message to shopkeepers tempted to make a quick profit by selling illegal product," said Tim Kuik, Managing Director of BREIN.

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115.12.2007 16:51

yeah, well if the made anything over 15,000 then they still turned a profit..

224.12.2007 4:52

They are opening a can of worms all the indian shops sell counterfeit CD's and DVD's this is normal practice for the bollywood area. The thing is original or copied material is cheap regardless like below $20 anyway soo either way you look at it it does not really matter where you go the Indian shops all around the world are like this.

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