Malaysian police and officials from the trade and consumer affairs ministry have raided pirate disc factories in the Johor Bahru, Selangor and Penang districts in the week since the launch of a reward scheme backed by the Motion Picture Assn. of America.
Malaysian law enforcement officials have seized 13 DVD and VCD factory production lines and 384 optical disc burners. The MPAA says the equipment was capable of manufacturing more than 81 million pirated optical discs per year, which could have generated illegal revenues in excess of $108 million.
The rewards-for-information scheme is part of the MPAA’s anti-piracy operations, code named Operation Big Broom, running in 14 territories across the Asia-Pacific region.