International operation against music pirates

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3 June 2005, LISBON — Spanish and Portuguese police have broken up a major music and movie piracy ring, seizing 700,000 DVDs and CDs.

3 June 2005

LISBON — Spanish and Portuguese police have broken up a major music and movie piracy ring, seizing 700,000 DVDs and CDs.

Thirty suspects were arrested in the first major large-scale joint operation between Spain and Portugal against media piracy.

Police also seized 200 computer hard drives from residences across northern Spain and Portugal as well as several vehicles in raids carried out at the start of this week.

Paula Andrade, of the Portuguese culture ministry, said: "This operation has been planned for a long time now and the results are excellent."

Five of those detained remain in police custody, she said.

Among those detained in Spain are Senegalese, Jordanian, Syrian as well as Spanish nationals while in Portugal police detained several Moroccans as well as Portuguese and Brazilian citizens.

In addition to providing unfair competition to stores, authorities say piracy gangs finance other illegal activities, from the drugs trade to human trafficking and terrorism.

Portuguese police have stepped up their fight against the sale of pirated music and movies this year.

During the first three months of 2005 police seized 43,451 counterfeit CDs and DVDs, mostly at outdoor markets across the country, a 25-fold increase over the same time last year.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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