Singapore - Police blitz leads to seizure of more than 3,000 counterfeit music CDs
16th April 2010
Recording Industry Singapore Pte Ltd (RIS) is reminding retailers across the country that the sale of counterfeit CDs parallel imported from China is an offence.
The warning follows a series of police raids on retailers and a warehouse containing counterfeit CDs. The raids were prompted by a complaint lodged by RIS.
"We have noted that some retailers have become increasingly bold in openly selling pirated music CDs originating from China as parallel imports, in spite of warnings by RIS," says Richard Lim, chairman of RIS and managing director of Warner Music Singapore Pte Ltd.
Counterfeit CDs bear many tell-tale signs that they are infringing, such as typographical errors, track listings that do not correspond with the original album release and incorrect music publishing details.
"The police raids were certainly necessary to underscore the need for retailers to ensure they source legitimate CDs and also served to protect consumers by ensuring they are being sold genuine products," adds Barbara Wong, general manager of RIS.
The CDs were, in many instances, being sold at prices comparable to legitimate albums and some customers may have been duped into believing they were buying genuine product.
The raids were undertaken by officers from the Intellectual Property Rights branch of the Criminal Investigation Department on 14th April in an island-wide sweep, covering retailers in Chinatown, Toa Payoh Central and Clementi. A warehouse was also raided and more than 3,000 pirate CDs were seized in total.
Retailers found guilty of selling infringing music can face a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to $10,000 for each counterfeit CD under Singapore’s Copyright Act.
Richard Lim adds: "The music industry in Singapore has seen a tremendous amount of consolidation in recent years, as music labels and major retailers have been challenged by piracy, both online and also from the sale of pirated products. Criminal enforcement is necessary in Singapore to combat these piracy problems.
“We applaud the Singapore Police in having taken action and we hope to continue to work with the authorities to keep music piracy in check, so we can ensure a vibrant environment for the music industry to once again thrive in Singapore."
For further information contact:
Barbara Wong, Recording Industry Singapore (RIS)
Recording Industry Singapore Pte Ltd is an enforcement agency representing both major and independent recording companies in Singapore. RIS was formed to administer and enforce both physical and internet piracy in Singapore. RIS is dedicated to advance the interests of the recording industry by protecting the rights of the recording companies.