Two Men Convicted Of Copyright Infringement
Two Toronto area men have been convicted of criminal copyright infringement in a case involving over $550,000 worth of seized infringing sound recordings, movies and manufacturing equipment.
On May 21, 2004, Clive Brown and Owen Brown entered a guilty plea to one count each of expose or offer for sale infringing copies under Section 42(1)(b) of the Copyright Act. The individuals received a monetary fine and were ordered to forfeit copies of the infringing goods and manufacturing equipment, valued at over $550,000.
The conviction followed a lengthy investigation by the Toronto police, with the assistance of the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA). CRIA assisted Toronto Police Service 52 Division Major Crime Unit over the course of several months in early 2003 in an investigation into the availability of illegal copies of popular urban music sound recordings. Retail stores operated by the convicted infringers were believed to be manufacturing and offering for sale unauthorized copies of CD-Recordable ("CD-R") format sound recordings and supplying these infringing discs to flea market booths. Execution of warrants at these retail outlets helped dismantle a distribution network across the Greater Toronto Area.
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