China crackdowns on ‘pirates’

China crackdowns on ‘pirates’
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First Published: Tue, Apr 03 2007. 05 36 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Apr 03 2007. 05 36 PM IST
PTI
Beijing: Cracking the largest ever CD-DVD piracy case China has seized 1.81 million pirated CDs, DVDs from a major illegal production base in southern city of Guangzhou, the state media reported today.
More than 1.81 million pirated CDs and DVDs were seized from a production factory in Guangzhou in the largest single crackdown on CD and DVD piracy in the country’s history.
30 production machines in 11 warehouses were also confiscated and 13 people were arrested. The production base was located on the side of airport expressway, in the booming southern city of Guangzhou - the capital of Guangdong Province, so the illegal products could be easily transported to other regions in China, deputy director of the national office responsible for cracking down on pornographic and illegal publications, Li Baozhong said.
“The crackdown will help deter piracy in China,” Li added. China has launched a “spring campaign” against illegal and pirated publications that will last until May.
China has been under intense international pressure to crack down on rampant piracy. The United States has made piracy and trade mark violations in the world’s largest potential market major issues in its bilateral ties with China.
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