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Police arrest 15 men for distributing pirated software

Subjects Nabbed in Islandwide Anti-Piracy Raid


In an island-wide operation conducted on 2 July 2005 , Police raided 8 locations simultaneously and arrested 15 Singaporean men, comprising 12 Chinese and 3 Malays. They, aged between 20 to 62 years old, were arrested for the distribution of pirated software and games in the heartland estates.
The operation which commenced at 2.00pm targeted 8 shops located in Tampines, Ang Mo Kio, Clementi and Jurong East. Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers carried out the operation after extensive surveillance and intelligence gathering.
The operation has severely dented the syndicate¡¯s operations. With Police probing deeper into the syndicate to uncover the perpetrators, including those who operate behind-the-scenes, more arrests will follow.
About 89,000 pieces of CD-ROMs, comprising mainly computer software and games, were seized. The seizure is estimated to have a street value of S$890,000/-.
This operation demonstrates Police¡¯s tough stance on blatant piracy and highlights our continuous enforcement efforts in crippling syndicates that are involved in the distribution of pirated software products.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Tan Kah Khin, Head of Intellectual Property Rights Branch said, ¡°Such blatant disregard of intellectual property rights laws will not be tolerated by the Police. We will spare no effort in identifying and taking to task perpetrators who are involved. We will also continue to monitor the situation closely and will not hesitate to mount operations to clamp down on such illicit activities.¡±
Persons found guilty of distributing or selling infringing articles of any work in which copyright or trademark subsists are liable to a fine not exceeding S$10,000/- per article, and up to maximum fine of S$100,000/-, or to an imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years or to both.
2 July 2005 @ 8.45 pm

Source: Media Release 2 Jul 2005

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