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Chicoutimi, April 1, 2010 – Last March 31, following a short investigation, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Saguenay–Lac-St-Jean Detachment, with the assistance of the Sûreté du Québec, searched a residence in Roberval. The search resulted in the seizure of hundreds of counterfeit video games and the arrest of one suspect.
In addition to approximately three hundred copies of counterfeit video games, the investigators seized material used to modify consoles and illegally reproduce video games. The person arrested advertised the counterfeit goods on the Internet through various social media. He could face charges under the Criminal Code and the Copyright Act.
The RCMP takes action and investigates this type of crime if there are grounds to believe that material has been copied for the purpose of commercial distribution, or to such an extent as to be prejudicial to the copyright holder. Every person who copies or reproduces a video game for the purpose of commercial distribution or sale commits an offence under the Copyright Act.
Modifying a console and computer is considered an illegal act under Section 342.1 of the Criminal Code and is punishable by imprisonment for up to ten years.
The RCMP takes this opportunity to promote public awareness of the scourge of counterfeiting. The modification of game consoles and illegal production and sale of counterfeit video games account for losses of several million dollars annually.
As part of the Financial Integrity Program, the RCMP will continue its efforts to fight economic crime and enhance public confidence in Canadian capital markets. The RCMP invites consumers to make the right choices to prevent the harm caused by this form of criminal activity.
Citizens are encouraged to report any information on suspected illicit activity by local individuals or groups of individuals to the investigators of the RCMP Saguenay–Lac-St-Jean Detachment at 418 698-5666. All tips will be kept confidential.