More piracy arrests ahead

Video Lab employees charged

JOHANNESBURG — More arrests are expected in connection with the pirating of Gavin Hood’s Oscar winner “Tsotsi” and Leon Schuster’s box office hit “Mama Jack” in South Africa.

Two former employees of Johannesburg-based post-production company Video Lab — Sipho Sangweni, 29, and Glynnys Lincoln, 31 — appeared in Johannesburg Commercial Court April 3 charged with stealing and illegally copying master copies of the films. Arrests came after a three-month investigation by SA Federation Against Copyright Theft (SAFact) and the SA Police Service.

The case was postponed until June 21. Both accused were released on bail.

Corne Guldenpfennnig, legal manager of SAFact, said both were members of a piracy syndicate and more arrests were expected.

Pirated copies of “Tsotsi” were on sale in November, before the pic’s theatrical release on Dec. 3.

State prosecutor Leana Fick said that the piracy had cost “Tsotsi” producers Movieworld about $300,000 and “Mama Jack” producers Videovision about $1.6 million in box office income.

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