South African police bust CD piracy ring

Syndicate copied PlayStation games

JOHANNESBURG — South African police have cracked a syndicate dealing in various counterfeit products, including Sony PlayStation CD games, and arrested nine people in the Cape Town area.

Police this week raided a number of homes and confiscated 4,039 counterfeit PlayStation CD games with a street value of 1.5 million rand ($245,000).

The games confiscated were pirated in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, said Peter Brink, director of the South African Federation Against Copyrighting Theft.

“The syndicate was selling the copied top-of-the-range games, some not even released in South Africa, at around 40 rand ($6.50),” Brink said. The games normally retail for about $60.

South Africa’s interactive products industry loses an estimated $2.5 million to $3.2 million a year through piracy.

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