HK: 2 Arrested for Online Piracy

HK: 2 Arrested for Online Piracy

2009/6/5

Hong KongCustoms officers have arrested a 33-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman after seizing 3,300 counterfeit goods worth $310,000 being sold on a local online auction site.

Acting on a complaint, officers searched a Yau Ma Tei residence June 1 and seized two computers and packing equipment. Counterfeit goods including clothes, leather goods and jewellery were found in a storage house on the building's rooftop.

The two arrested are believed to have used the site to sell infringing goods. They have been released on $5,000 bail each.

Customs Divisional Commander (Copyright Investigation) Michael Kwan said today in the past two years there have been many cases of fake goods being sold on auction websites.

Mr Kwan said to more effectively combat the activity, Customs will work more closely with Hongkong Post to prevent the postal system from being used as a channel for delivering fake goods. Two Customs anti-Internet piracy teams will monitor online piracy activities and follow up on public reports.

The maximum penalty for selling goods with forged trademarks is five years' jail and a $500,000 fine. Call 2545 6182 to report suspected piracy activities.


Source: news.gov.hk




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