NSW police have arrested a 38-year-old woman for allegedly
burning and selling pirated DVDs, including new film X-Men Origins:
Wolverine, according to a music industry group.
X-Men Origins (Credit: 20th Century Fox)
Australian industry body Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) said that the police stopped
the woman outside a pub in Wetherill Park on Friday
after receiving information that she was selling pirated films and
music in pubs in Sydney's western suburbs. More than 600 suspected
pirated films and albums were found in a nearby car.
The woman's arrest and the discovery of the discs led police to
what was allegedly a disc burner lab in Sydney's Westmead. The lab allegedly had the potential to produce
378,000 pirated discs a year, worth $1.8 million on the street.
The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) also helped with the
investigation, which MIPI said involved weeks of covert surveillance and investigation.
AFACT's director of operations Neil Gane thanked the member of
the public who had called attention to the racket and claimed Australian
businesses suffered greatly from piracy.
"That pirated copies of X-Men Origins: Wolverine were
discovered amongst the haul is especially disappointing. The film
was made in Australia, employed over 1000 Australians, engaged
over 100 Australian companies and contributed over $80 million to
the local economy. The flagrant sales of pirated copies of the film
is a slap in the face to the hard work and creativity that so many
Australians put into the movie," he alleged in a statement. The film has not yet been shown in
AFACT is also currently in a
court stoush with iiNet. It claims
that iiNet allowed its users to use its internet service to
illegally download and upload pirated films.