11 sentenced for H.K. piracy lab

Sentencing came after a 3-year investigation

HONG KONG — Eleven people in Hong Kong have been sentenced for periods ranging from one to three years for manufacturing and selling pirated movies, music, computer games and software.

Sentencing of the syndicate came after a three-year investigation and subsequent prosecution. The rulings were made June 2 and 4.

The optical disc burner lab that was busted was able to produce an estimated annual total of 3.2 million pirated discs — equivalent to revenue of around $5 million, according to a release by the Motion Picture Assn.

Conviction is the second in two weeks under Hong Kong’s Copyright Ordinance and Organized and Serious Crimes Ordinance. The first case also included a three-year investigation and saw three gang members convicted and sentenced to prison for between one year and six years and six weeks.

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