China Locks Away Pirate Movie Mogul – AP
China sentenced a man to life in jail on Thursday for running what state media called the country’s biggest ever pirate film disc smuggling ring.
A court in southern Guangxi region convicted Lin Yuehua and 11 gang members of buying five production units to make DVDs and VCDs, setting them up in a foreign country and smuggling over 30 million bootleg discs into China from 2002 to 2005, the Xinhua news agency reported.
Lin’s pirate smuggling business was the “largest one which has been so far uncovered in China,” Xinhua said. The bootleg discs were worth about 188 million yuan ($23.9 million), the court said, according to Xinhua.
Related BBC’s report:”China to open anti-piracy court”