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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Portuguese counterfeit apprehension record

Portuguese authorities informed that they had seized a record amount of counterfeit CDs and DVDs in 2005 after stepping up operations against music and movie piracy.
In 2005, the police carried out 1,041 raids of outdoor markets and other places where counterfeit music and films are sold, a 14 percent increase over the previous year. As a result 450 people were charged with crimes related to the sale and distribution of counterfeit CDs and DVDs. The police seized 155,941 pirated CDs and DVDs in 2005, a 50 percent increase over the previous year, stated the Culture Ministry's Inspectorate General for Cultural Activities in a report. Together with the pirated material five cars and various copying equipment was also seized from counterfeiters, worth 3.1 million euros. News source IHT.

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