Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

March 07, 2008 20:16 ET

Minister Day Comments on the Largest Ever Seizure of Alleged Counterfeit CDs and DVDs in Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 7, 2008) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement today concerning an RCMP investigation that led to the seizure of a large number of allegedly pirated CDs, DVDs and illegal digital downloads and the arrest of four individuals in Winnipeg.

"Counterfeiting and piracy are growing problems, both in Canada and around the world. The illegal reproduction of CDs and DVDs, which often involves organized crime, has very serious economic and social consequences for consumers and businesses across the country. Piracy and counterfeiting also affect the Canadian economy, corporate and government revenues and investor confidence.

As a result of this RCMP investigation, tens of thousands of allegedly counterfeit CDs, DVDs and illegal digital downloads will be kept off the streets.

Our government continues to take this issue very seriously. For this reason, as part of our ongoing efforts to combat intellectual property offenses, we introduced amendments to Canada's Criminal Code in order to criminalize movie piracy and these amendments are now in force. In addition, we have engaged our global partners through discussions on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

I commend the police officers across Canada who continue to work vigilantly to shut down criminal operations, which ignore and undermine our laws for their own gains. Arrests and seizure like this one represent significant progress in our efforts to combat this serious global problem."

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    613-991-2863