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South African courts handed down record fines to pirates last month as raids by police and customs officials with the South African Federation Against Copyright Theft continued.

Mohammed Aboor was fined $100,000 or two years imprisonment, partially suspended for five years, for attempting to smuggle 4,000 pirated DVDs into the country in 2004.

Marcus Mocke of Johannesburg was fined $65,000 or eight years imprisonment, partially suspended for five years, for possession of 400 pirated DVDs and computer games.

Others convicted were fined up to $12,000.

Raids by police and customs officials netted more than 55,000 counterfeit DVDs.

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