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Oz org cracks down on DVD pirates

AFACT identifying 100 auctions a month

SYDNEY — Civil actions mounted by the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft have forced three individuals who were selling pirated DVDs in online auctions in Australia to quit, and one to pay damages.

In the past six months, AFACT identified more than 100 auctions a month involving the attempted sale of illegal copies of movies; as a result of investigative and enforcement activity, the Motion Picture Assn.-backed org said the volume of discs being traded has dropped 50%.

In a separate Internet investigation referred to police, last week a man was fined $A10,000 ($7,500) plus court costs by Newcastle Court after pleading guilty to five counts of selling pirated DVDs on eBay.

This week AFACT issued a further 10 cease-and-desist letters to people trading in illegal DVD movies on Internet auction sites across Australia.

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