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RCMP & Toronto Police Partner to Clamp Down on Vendors of Pirated Movies

December 22, 2010 - The RCMP’s Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Federal Enforcement Section has teamed up with the Toronto Police Service to investigate alleged Copyright Act infringement activities. The partnership, dubbed Project OSTINGER, has so far seen ten search warrants issued; all at businesses operating out of the Oriental Centre in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough. Police have seized thousands of DVDs and have laid over 30 charges in the year-long operation.

Police and the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association (CMPDA) received a number of complaints concerning pirated movies being sold at the mall on a daily basis. Reports have said the pirated copies were being sold for $3 each, though the sale price for the genuine article should range from $20 to $30.