[rumori] IFPI concerns (fwd)

From: Steev Hise (steevATdetritus.net)
Date: Fri Aug 18 2000 - 16:35:06 PDT

---------------------- Forwarded by Jonathan Leidecker/AM/Avid on 08/18/2000
11:36 AM ---------------------------

>Three Hong Kong men were arrested on Tuesday morning as the Hong Kong
>Customs and Excise Department notched up its first criminal case targeting
>pirated music on the Internet.
>Customs officers belonging to the newly-established Anti-Internet Piracy
>Task Force seized computers and equipment in a dawn raid on three Hong Kong
>The raid followed a tip-off by a global record industry group, the
>International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). An
>investigation concentrated on a Web site that allegedly contained pirated
>music files available for download in the MP3 and RealAudio formats, as well
>as copies of MTV clips.
>"This is the first case (in which) the Customs detected (an) illegal Web
>site for downloading pirated music since the establishment of the
>Anti-Internet Piracy Task Force at the end of last year," said a Customs
>The illegal content made available online amounted to 68 files.
>Three men aged between 19 and 23 were arrested at premises in Kwai Chung,
>Quarry Bay and Shau Kei Wan and will be charged under Hong Kong's Copyright
>Ordinance. Computers were confiscated.
>The Copyright Ordinance bans "the distribution of infringed copies without
>the license of the copyright owner to such an extent as to affect
>prejudicially the owner of the copyright." The maximum penalty is a fine of
>HK$50,000 (US$6,410) per disc (for CDs) plus four years' imprisonment.
>The spokesperson warned the public that providing pirated MP3 files for
>downloading on Web sites is a criminal offense under Hong Kong law.
>Exchange Rate: $1 = HK$7.80
>Reported By Newsbytes.com, http://www.newsbytes.com .

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