Police raid pirate den



A HOUSE in Coffs Harbour's Thompsons Road has been the unlikely haven for a DVD pirating operation worth $750,000, police allege.

Six local police and officials from Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) and the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) raided the brick house at 10.30am on Monday.

In a bedroom/office they found a library of 2000 music, movie and video game DVD titles along with assorted computer equipment.

The titles were from many artists including Deltra Goodrem, Kasey Chambers and silverchair.

Police allege the operation they dismantled had the capability to annually produce counterfeit discs worth $750,000.

Police interviewed a Coffs Harbour man, 43, at the house and while there have not been any arrests at this stage, lengthy investigations continue.

MIPI spokesman Michael Speck said the swoop represented a major dent to piracy operations on the North Coast.

"We will continue to crack down on any counterfeit operations," Mr Speck said.

"It is a crime that costs the industry and artists millions of dollars every year."

AFACT initiated the operation following a tip-off.

Coffs Harbour detectives have been co-operating with investigators for the past month, while Sony has also been involved.



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