Four arrested on anti-piracy raids in Hyderabad

April 9th, 2008 - 10:47 pm ICT by admin  


Hyderabad, April 9 (IANS) Acting on a tip-off from recording industry organisation Indian Music Industry (IMI), the Andhra Pradesh police Wednesday conducted anti-piracy raids in various parts of this city and arrested four people. The police seized Rs.200,000 worth of accessories including six computers, six CPUs, six memory cards and six card readers being used for mobile chip piracy.

The IMI investigators had earlier surveyed the locations and complained to the police.

The police, in turn, carried out the raids and seized computers and accessories, said an IMI statement.

“Mobile chip piracy is the new form of piracy that the world is witnessing. Music in digital form can easily be copied from any storage device like computer hard disc or USB drive into the built-in memory of a mobile phone or on memory cards or chips. When such activity is done for commercial gain without the permission of the right owners it is mobile chip piracy,” said the statement.

“IMI intends to create awareness about this form of piracy and undertake stringent action against the pirates promoting this crime and causing major revenue losses to the music industry,” said Vijay Lazarus, president, IMI.

IMI, a consortium of over 100 music companies, has conducted special training sessions for the police to educate them on the concept of mobile chip piracy.

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