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Police Shut Down One Of Australia’s Largest Illegal Music Burning Operations In Melbourne February 9, 2010

Posted by David W. King in Uncategorized.

Victorian Police have shut down one of Australia’s largest illegal music burning operations in Footscray, Melbourne. Working in conjunction with anti-piracy group Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI), police seized close to 100 CD burners and approximately 25,000 discs containing pirate music housed in a suburban CD store.

Illegal music titles being burnt and sold to the public included albums from artists Michael Jackson, ABBA and the Boney M and a wide range of self-made compilations, Asian music and karaoke.

A 32 year old Maribyrnong man is currently assisting police with their enquiries.

Sabiene Heindl, General Manager of MIPI, said: “This is one of the largest and most blatant illegal music burning labs that we have seen for some time. The decisive action taken by the Victorian Police in closing down this criminal operation is to be commended and sends a strong message to music pirates – you will be found and stopped.”

Criminal penalties for copyright infringement are up to $60,500 and five years imprisonment per offence for individuals, and up to $302,500 for corporations.


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