Police seized thousands of pirated recordings.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have charged a Hamilton, Ontario, resident with five counts of copyright infringement stemming from a June seizure of several hundred counterfeit copies of live concerts.

The RCMP officially charged Victor Joseph Patrick Avalis yesterday (July 7) in connection with the bootleg recordings, which were confiscated June 13 at a retail event at a Hamilton hotel.

"This is a very significant seizure of infringing recordings and Canadian artists and other rights owners can be grateful for the diligence and professionalism of the RCMP in this process," comments Brian Robertson, president of the Canadian Recording Industry Association.

Information provided to the RCMP by CRIA investigators led to the seizure and the subsequent charges.

The alleged bootlegs seized by police include approximately 1,140 DVDs; 1,570 VHS tapes; 340 CDs; 50 audiocassettes and five CD-Rs. They contain unauthorized live concert recordings of the Rolling Stones, the Who, Guns N' Roses, Bruce Springsteen, Shania Twain, Nickelback, Rush, Avril Lavigne, Bryan Adams and Neil Young.

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