China ‘deals with’ 500 video pirates

BEIJING — Chinese authorities shut down 42 illegal video production lines in the southern province of Guangdong and seized 2.5 million pirated audio and video products, a newspaper said Monday.

China is trying to stamp out widespread piracy of movies, music and computer software under pressure from its trading partners to protect patents, copyrights and other intellectual property.

The seizures in Guangdong, which borders Hong Kong, have taken place since last winter during an official crackdown, the China Daily said.

Police raided 70 sites involved in processing and shipping videodiscs. Also, the newspaper said, 500 people involved “have been dealt with according to law.”

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