Two people were charged with copyright infringement offences after a raid this morning on a video rental store in Sydney.

Police seized 5,000 pirated music and movie DVDs imported from China. The illicit product was selling for between A$7 ($5.40) and A$3 ($2.30). The haul included a few hundred music CDs, according to officials involved in the bust.

A 52-year-old man and his 46-year-old wife, who ran the She Video Shop in a mall in the suburb of Eastwood, also had their passports seized.

The offences can carry a maximum A$60,500 ($46,500) fine for each offence and/or a five-year jail term.

The raid was a joint operation between the New South Wales Police Force, the Music Industry Piracy Investigation (MIPI) and the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT).

MIPI's GM Sabiene Heindl told that the store had been under surveillance for three months.

The DVDs featured recordings from artists including ABBA, U2, the Black Eyed Peas and Michael Jackson. The movies included director George Miller's Australian-made, Oscar-winning animated movie "Happy Feet," which is not yet officially available on DVD release.

AFACT's director of operations Michael Kerin estimates that piracy cost the Australian film industry more than A$230 million ($177 million) a year in lost revenue.

In the past, the Australian Recording Industry Association has estimated piracy makes up 9% of the legitimate local market; MIPI could not put a figure on piracy's cost to the Australian music industry.

Today's raid came two weeks after a Flemington, NSW, market seller, Simeona Nise Tuaopepe, was convicted of 11 copyright offences for selling pirated music.