Malaysian raid nets 340 disc burners

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SINGAPORE -- Malaysia's anti-piracy authorities seized 340 optical disc burners in a raid on an operation outside Kuala Lumpur that was producing a potential $52 million worth of pirated discs a year, the MPA said Monday.

Among the discs seized in the Friday raid on the two-story suburban house were "Ratatouille," "Resident Evil" and "30 Days of Night." Four people -- two men and two women -- were arrested.

The raid was carried out by 20 officers from the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, with support from the Malaysian Federation Against Copyright Theft, which represents the MPA here.

The lab may have been operating for more than a year, according to the MPA. Also seized were two vehicles, 23 printers, 1,315 pirated discs, 3,200 blank DVD-Rs and 5,000 blank CD-Rs.

The MPA estimates show that about $1.2 billion of the $6.1 billion lost each year to piracy worldwide stems from illegal operations in the Asia Pacific region.
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