Kent policehave seized more than 100,000 counterfeit DVDs valued at more than £500,000 ($891,000), in raids conducted jointly with the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT).
Titles found during the raidsin southest England include “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and “Munich,” which are still screening in U.K. cinemas.
Three men were arrested during the police operations, which concentrated on the London areas of Burnt Oak and Peckham.
Along with the illegally copied DVDs, police confiscated computers and more than 200 DVD burners capable of manufacturing 20,000-plus DVDs per day, along with seven printers for producing labels and covers thousands of blank discs.
Detective Inspector John Biggadike of Kent police said, “This successful operation is the result of several months’ intelligence and evidence gathering by Kent Police. We are very pleased with the cooperation received from FACT and the Metropolitan Police.” Raymond Leinster, FACT’s director general, said, “FACT is determined to work together with the police and other enforcement bodies to ensure that we continue to disrupt the supply chain and affect the distribution of counterfeit films across the U.K.”