Australian police uncovered an alleged DVD pirating operation following a raid yesterday (Feb. 8) in Coffs Harbour on the central coast of New South Wales.

Australian police uncovered an alleged DVD pirating operation following a raid yesterday (Feb. 8) in Coffs Harbor on the central coast of New South Wales.

A 43-year-old man was interviewed but has not been charged. Two computers were confiscated, along with five DVD burners and 2,000 music DVDs, film DVDs and computer games. The operation is believed to generate A$750,000 ($575,000) in business each year.

The Music Industry Piracy Investigation unit and Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft cooperated in the raid.

MIPI GM Michael Speck says his team was alerted to the illicit operation two months ago by advertisements for music DVDs posted in local newspapers. The ads offered low-price titles by Delta Goodrem, Kasey Chambers and Silverchair, as well as Playstation games.

A MIPI operative disguised as a commercial customer gained vital information on the alleged ring, Speck adds.

Adrianne Pecotic, executive director of AFACT -- the film industry's equivalent of MIPI -- says the damage by the illegal DVD/games trade on small legitimate businesses is worse in regional areas, "where video libraries and local cinemas are an integral part of the community."