Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Counterfeit music products seized at recent anti-piracy action

The Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department, following a complaint by IFPI (Hong Kong Group) Limited of optical disc piracy sold in local retail stores, raided 2 shops at Shamshuipo district on the 4th August, 2015.  During the raid, numerous alleged pirated audio-visual titles were seized.   The case is now under further investigations by the department.
IFPI Hong Kong Group member Evolution Music Group made the complaint earlier that several of their own copyrights, and exclusive licensed music concert DVDs/Blu-Ray titles were found to be pirated and sold in Hong Kong.  Both Evolution and IFPI (Hong Kong Group) Ltd were grateful for the prompt action taken by the Customs and Excise Department of the HKSAR.
While different forms of legitimate digital music business continue to gain market acceptance, still some 50% of recorded music sales on the average are achieved through physical products. In Hong Kong the digital music market has not developed sufficiently as most wished for, and sales of CD/DVD/Blu-ray discs remain key to record labels that rely on the manufacture and distribution of these products, as opposed to some labels that now rely heavily on artiste management and concert promotion as their alternative revenue streams.  It is therefore important to ensure a safe market place for all types of copyright holders.  The resurgence in vinyl releases recently exemplifies that the recording industry adapts to different means of business. Vinyl provides audiophiles an experience unfulfilled by online music listening.
A spokesman from Evolution quoted on this case the following:
“The sales of counterfeit music products remains a major problem throughout the region for us. The retail shops raided have been major spots for purchase of counterfeit audiovisual music products for quite sometime and may be well-known to buyers across the region. We appreciate the efficient co-operation accorded to us by our licensors, the IFPI Hong Kong Group and the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department in tackling this problem here.  We trust that this serves as a model case to encourage enforcement action against producers and sellers of counterfeit music products in neighboring countries/territories”
Evolution, a local label in Hong Kong, is actively engaged in investing in making music titles, manufacture, sales and distribution of exclusive licenced audio visual products in the region.

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