Fake DVDs taken off the street

Twenty five million rand worth of DVDs were destroyed as part of an anti-piracy campaign. The illegal...

Pirated copies of dvd’s valued at R25 million that where destroyed in Johannesburg. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

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The illegal copies were seized by law enforcement agencies over the past six months in major hotspots around <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><state w:st="on"><place w:st="on"><?xml:namespace prefix="u1"?><state u2:st="on"><place u2:st="on">Gauteng.

Actor Leon Schuster was on hand to witness the destruction of the discs, many of which contained pirated copies of his films, all except Mr Bones 2.

Schuster said his latest film was not pirated and this meant it ranked in much more money.

“The fact that it is now under of control, the public is now getting conscious of this. My chomees [sic] are telling me we are not buying these copies anymore.”

James Lennox from piracy watchdog Southern African Federation against Copyright Theft said there was a noticeable decrease in fake DVDs on the street.

“In the established or the traditional distribution in retailing a pirated product, it’s down.”

He encouraged those with information about pirated goods to continue tipping off authorities by sending an anonymous sms to Primedia’s Crime Line on 32211.