- Earlier this year we reported
that the Entertainment Software Association of Canada was seeking to jail pirates and target mod-chips.
Today, the ESA has praised the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and York Police Service for a recent raid on retailers selling pirated software at [Register or Login to view links]
in Markham, Ontario.
To quote: After a two month investigation, authorities seized counterfeit manufacturing equipment and games, computer hard drives and DVD burners as well as nine fire arms.
Three people were arrested for the scam that took place in one of the largest indoor shopping malls in North America.
"We are pleased with the outcome of this legal action and thank the RCMP and York Police Service for their efforts in protecting the video game business in Canada," said Danielle Parr
, executive director of the ESAC.
"Game piracy is a serious problem that costs the entertainment software industry millions of dollars each year. Law enforcement raids against notorious pirate retailers like those in Pacific Mall send a clear message that trafficking in pirated game products is illegal and will not be tolerated."