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1. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Piracy laws are getting tough ... even in Asia

The following story was reported on the TV news this evening:

SHANGHAI, Apr 19 (AP) -- A court in Shanghai has sentenced two U.S. citizens to jail sentences of up to 2 years and 6 months in prison for selling pirated DVDs online in a case China has used to highlight the difficulties of enforcing anti-piracy laws.
Shanghai No. 2 District Court judge Xue Zheng ordered Randolph Hobson Guthrie, 38, to serve a two-year, six-month jail sentence and pay a 500,000 yuan (US$60,500; ?46,600) fine for selling pirated DVDs.
A charge of illegally operating a business was dismissed.
Fellow American Abram Cody Thrush, convicted as an accessory, was sentenced to one year in prison and fined 10,000 yuan (US$1,200; ?900).

China News

The TV news also mentioned that the two foreigners would also be extradicted home after their jail sentences are served in China. Neither of them looked very happy at all in the court room

2. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I have never bought a fake, I do burn my own DVD movies, but I had already purchased them on VHS. I found out (at least in the US) if you have purchased SOME form of a movie or music, you can legally burn them from other sources (online, rental) BUT you must keep the original as proof. Pain in the butt to keep all these albums, video tapes and cassettes though :(

3. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

I am the same , i have never bought one but have burned my own-well get my bro to do the video's-well now dvd'd but i burn all my cd's!

4. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

I have bought albums, movies, games, CD's... got home and they all sucked and were wrecked or didn't work. So now I download my own.

Cupcake don't keep all of the origianls.. that is silly, if you think the FBI are going to raid your house because you made two copies of Terminator it is not going to happen. They go after the sources not the buyers. If you were making the copies and selling them on the street then yeah, they might.

5. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Well, my cousins husband has retained a lawyer because he is being sued for...hold on to your hats....370,000 US dollars...for downloading music off the internet...That is HIS share of the lawsuit. He is one of 324 people caught in a sting. So it scares the crap out of me....

6. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Thought i had read something on this subject a few days ago. This is from CNN about pirated DVD's being taken out of Malaysia:

http://edition.cnn.com/2005/TRAVEL/04/06/bt.malaysia.dvds.ap/index.html

7. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Quoting Cupcake

Well, my cousins husband has retained a lawyer because he is being sued for...hold on to your hats....370,000 US dollars...for downloading music off the internet...That is HIS share of the lawsuit. He is one of 324 people caught in a sting. So it scares the crap out of me....

Whoa, certain that is was for downloading and not uploading? Big differance.

8. Posted by alba (Budding Member 30 posts) 11y

Quoting daveh

Thought i had read something on this subject a few days ago. This is from CNN about pirated DVD's being taken out of Malaysia:

http://edition.cnn.com/2005/TRAVEL/04/06/bt.malaysia.dvds.ap/index.html

"Malaysia is one of the 36 countries on a U.S. watch list of serious copyright violators"

Yeah and they'd better do it!

The other day I was in a popular street in Kuala Lumpur, where you can actually get any kind of fake you can think of!

9. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 11y

Yeah, I did hear of pirated DVD's and CD's being sold on the streets a lot in China. . .. It is really easy, apparently, to buy pirated CDs and get them across/through borders, but the DVD's are different. You would probably have to fly (take a plane), and you do have to check them because the thing they do to make them not scan doesn't always work, apparently. In Shanghai, you could buy them on the streets from venders, in their coat.

So some people got caught?! Hmmmm, I guess I am not that surprised.

peace,
steph