| James Kon |
SEVERAL shops in the country have been found to be allegedly selling pirated Blu-ray discs and DVDs – carrying the original hologram on the cover.
The new modus operandi employed in the attempt to trick consumers was uncovered following the ‘Lanun 5’ operation conducted by the BSB Municipal Board Law Enforcement Unit.
Thirteen shops under the jurisdiction of BSB Municipal Board were targeted in the operation, 10 of which were suspected to be selling pirated DVDs and Blu-ray copies. The shops – located in Gadong, Serusop, Kiulap and in the capital – were subsequently instructed to remove the said pirated discs immediately.
One shop was ordered permanently shut after pornographic movies were found, while the remaining nine are required to submit their invoice documents for the alleged pirated Blu-ray discs and DVDs within two weeks. Failing to do so, the Law Enforcement Unit can revoke the business licence and immediately shut down the business premises.
Samples of the pirated DVD and Blu-ray movies were collected as exhibits for further investigations. Some of the discs were found to have had the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) code scratched-off to avoid tracking by the relevant authority.
Action by the Law Enforcement Unit comes following complaints lodged by the public. Some of the shops, however, do not come under the jurisdiction of the BSB Municipal Board.
Evidence collected by the enforcement officers will be referred to the Motion Pictures Association in Malaysia for further action following a consultation with BruCop Sdn Bhd, the office of The Recording Industry Association of Malaysia (RIM) in Brunei Darussalam.
With the modus operandi exposed, members of the public are now advised to inspect Blu-ray and DVD discs carefully before making purchase and to look for authentication, especially the IFPI code on the disc.
Meanwhile, the Law Enforcement Unit also temporarily closed two food outlets and a convenience store for failing to meet the required hygiene level set by the Ministry of Health.
For inquiries or complaints on business premises under the jurisdiction of the BSB Municipal Board, contact 2244151 (extension 234/263).