Customs officers have seized 60,000 pirated compact discs and CD-ROM players smuggled into Hong Kong from China and the government says it’s the largest such seizure ever.
Three people were arrested, the government said in a statement Sunday. It said the pirated goods were worth $384,615.
It said 20,000 pirated CDs were found in a truck at the Hong Kong-China border checkpoint on Saturday. Customs officers raided a Hong Kong warehouse on Sunday and seized 40,000 more CDs and CD-ROMs.
The government said it was determined to suppress copyright piracy in Hong Kong. Last year it raised the maximum penalty for piracy from one year to two years for first-time offenders.
U.S. officials fear Hong Kong is becoming a distribution export center for pirated CDs and high-value software from neighboring China.
China’s 34 CD factories, some financed with Hong Kong money, have an annual production capacity of 90 million for a home market of at most five million, U.S. officials say.