Sapo opens laboratory at the University of Aveiro

Authorities seize 12,349 pirated CDs and DVDs

Sapo opens laboratory at the University of Aveiro

It is the biggest apprehension ever made in Portugal with respect to drives recording. In an operation carried out yesterday afternoon at three residences in the Carnide area, 12,349 illegal copies (9,212 recorded DVD-R’s and 3,137 recorded CD-R’s) were confiscated by the authorities, 10 recording towers and a total of 95 drives.

Criminals used the residence to counterfeit products, packed and sold them in the same location, so the searches also made it possible to detect 3,000 blank CD-Rs, 7,245 boxes and wrapping envelopes where copies were kept and packed, printers and other printing material.

The operation was the responsibility of the Operational Detachment of Pedrouços of the GNR Fiscal Brigade and had the collaboration of the GNR Infantry Regiment and the General Inspection of Cultural Activities (IGAC), having been set up following a complaint.

In a statement, the Portuguese Phonographic Association reveals that the production of pirated material took place almost 24 hours a day and that the main customers were marketers who operated in the districts of Lisbon, Santarém and Setúbal.

Prior to this, the largest seizure of drives in Portugal had occurred in February 2006 and seized 64 drives and about 40 thousand DVDs.

The perpetrators of this type of crime are subject to a prison sentence of up to 3 years. Over the past year, authorities and industry associations have joined forces in the fight against piracy, bringing to Portugal a tougher action to inspect the illegal copying business.

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