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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

pirated cds destroyed in Ukraine

Ukraine's Channel 5 reports that Ukrainian polic are cracking down on technology pirates.

Nearly one million pirated CDs and cassettes have been confiscated by authorities since the beginning of the year. On Wednesday, 44,000 illegal discs and tapes were demonstrably destroyed in the capital in accordance with a court order.

In 2005, Ukraine was rated the second worst country for pirated media in the world. This year, it [is] seventh worst in the world. Ukrainian law provides for fines between 4,000 and 15,000 hryvnia and sentences between 2 and 6 years imprisonment for crimes violating intellectual property rights.

About the same penalties as human traffickers face, I'll wager... only with more prosectutions. In either case, it's the same old story:

... police say that the crime is difficult to fight, because it is so profitable.

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