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Search in La Sarre: A Suspect Arrested by the RCMP for Illegal Reproduction of Video Games

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Rouyn-Noranda, Thursday, July 22, 2010 – Yesterday morning, following a short investigation, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police searched an apartment in La Sarre. They seized more than 200 counterfeit video games and arrested a suspect who could face charges under the Criminal Code and the Copyright Act.

The individual used various local classified sites to advertise the sale of counterfeit goods and modification of game consoles. During the search, police also seized electronic equipment and computers used to reproduce video games. The Sûreté du Québec in La Sarre assisted the RCMP in the search.

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electronic equipment and computers used to reproduce video games

The Copyright Act makes it an offence to copy a video game for the purpose of distribution or sale. Modifying a console or computer is also considered an illegal act under Section 342.1 of the Criminal Code and is punishable by imprisonment for up to ten years.

Citizens are encouraged to report any information on suspected illicit activity by local individuals or groups of individuals to the investigators of the RCMP Abitibi-Témiscamingue─Nouveau-Québec Detachment. All tips will be kept confidential.


For Information:

Annie Delisle, Constable
Royal Canadian Mounted Police