Pirates grab SA aliens

2010-02-27 00:00

THE movie of which the most pirate copies are currently circulating in South Africa is District 9 , says James Lennox, head of the South African Federation Against Copyright Theft (Safact).

He attributes this to the fact that more copies of District 9 are illegally downloaded than any other films that get pirated.

Lennox says that in September 2009, shortly after it was issued, District 9 became the movie of which the most copies were illegally downloaded worldwide.

He believes it is because the target market is more savvy when it comes to technology.

According to Safact, a record number of campaigns were carried out against copyright theft last year. A total of 573 people were arrested in 1 271 raids and law enforcement actions, and 478 of these were prosecuted.

Police took possession of 826 794 CDs and DVDs containing 2,6 million pirate copies.

Lennox puts the successes down to the fact that sniffer dogs were used for the first time this year.

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