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by Dave Gradijan

London Police Bust 5 in Connection With Largest ‘DVD Piracy Factory’ Ever Discovered in U.K.

Apr 07, 20062 mins
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Law enforcement and trading officials in London arrested four men and one woman on Wednesday in connection with what they’re calling the largest “bootleg” DVD production operation the United Kingdom has ever seen, The Register reports.

The pirate DVD manufacturing factory was discovered in Leyden, East London, and it housed more than 500 DVD burners that could produce upward of 60,000 counterfeit DVDs in a single day, according to The Register.

Metropolitan Police and Waltham Forest Trading Standards officials raided the facility after an investigation into the origins of pirated DVDs in London and the South East, conducted by the Metropolitan Police’s new Film Piracy Unit (FPU), a joint program with the Federation Against Copyright Theft, The Register Reports.

Illegal copies of more than 300 popular films, including the recently released children’s title Ice Age 2, were confiscated as part of the raid, according to The Register.

The five suspects are being held for further questioning, The Register reports.

The FPU is looking into how the operation was financed, and it is believed to be linked to Chinese organized crime syndicates within the United Kingdom, according to The Register.

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