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Five arrested for online sale of pirated and counterfeit goods


Police Anti-Piracy Operation Against Sale of Counterfeit Items on the Internet

Police have arrested five Singaporeans for peddling pirated and counterfeit merchandise on the Internet.
The four women and a man, aged between 24 and 34 years, were arrested at various locations in a 12-hour island-wide operation conducted on 24 September 2007.
Police also seized about 800 counterfeit luxury products and pirated optical discs with an estimated street value of S$24,000.
In the middle of this year, Police had received information that several registered online users were advertising the sale of suspected counterfeit luxury products and optical discs of computer games, movies and television drama serials on an Internet auction site.
The subjects were established users and active online sellers with numerous past transactions. Acting on the information, Police tracked down the subjects and placed them under arrest.
This operation was a joint effort between the Police and the rights owners in tackling Internet piracy. Police and rights owners will continue to mount operations against those who think that they can exploit the anonymity of the Internet to trade in counterfeit goods.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Sharmaine Ong, Head of the Intellectual Property Rights Branch, of Criminal Investigation Department, said, "Internet pirates' should think twice before engaging in such illegal activities. The punishment is severe with a fine of up to $10,000 per item, up to a maximum of $100,000 or jail of up to 5 years."

25 September 2007 at 7.15pm

Persons found in possession of infringing articles for the purposes of trade or manufacture in which a registered trade mark is falsely applied may face a fine of up to $10,000 per article, up to a maximum of $100,000 or to a maximum jail term of 5 years or both.

Persons found in possession of infringing copies of copyrighted works for the purpose of selling or trade may face a fine of up to $10,000 per article, up to a maximum of $100,000 or to a maximum jail term of 5 years or both.

Source: Media Release 25 Sep 2007

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