Kiwis close down DVD pirate op

Some 350 titles were recovered

AUCKLAND — Police raided a house in an Auckland suburb and closed down a DVD pirating operation capable of churning out 250,000 DVDs a year with a street value of A$1.7 million ($1.5 million).

Some 350 titles were recovered, including “30 Days of Night,” “Beowulf” and “American Gangster,” all either in release or yet to be released here.

Police, who revealed news of the raid on Thursday, arrested a 24-year-old unemployed Chinese national who was a resident at the boarding house where the raid took place.

On Nov. 29 the Motion Picture Assn.’s Federation Against Copyright Theft launched anti-piracy advertisements fronted by local thesp Temuera Morrison.

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