Arrest two, seize record 140 burners.

Indonesian police in Jakarta raided a house in West Jakarta, arresting two men and seizing a record 140 DVD-R burners and 53,400 pirated optical discs that included 25,000 music CDs.

The June 1 raid was part of a police crackdown on burner labs that can contain dozens of low-cost burners. The seized burners were capable of producing as many as 2.9 million CD-Rs and 5.4 million DVD-Rs in one year, yielding revenues of $6,955,200, assuming the burners were in operation 10 hours per day, seven days per week.

Five weeks earlier, also in West Jakarta, police had seized 55 DVD-R burners and more than 300,000 pirated DVD-Rs. The Motion Picture Assn. is providing support to the Indonesian law enforcement and prosecution to protect intellectual property rights.

The suspects face penalties under Indonesia’s copyright law of up to five years imprisonment and a fine of 1.5 billion rupiah ($158,000).

“Low-cost, scalable optical disc burner labs are a leading source of piracy throughout the region and are extremely difficult to detect,” said Mike Ellis, MPA senior VP/regional director, Asia-Pacific. “These raids in Jakarta demonstrate Indonesia’s commitment to intellectual property protection, and send a powerful message to copyright thieves in Indonesia who damage the country’s reputation and economy.”

While factory-replicated optical discs continue to account for the majority of optical discs produced by pirates in the Asia-Pacific region, MPA enforcement operations in 2005 confirmed that a shift is underway in many countries from large-scale production in optical disc factories using machines that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to burner labs that can contain dozens of low-cost burners and are often located in apartments and small retail premises.

Both types of operation are capable of producing tens of millions of pirate DVD-Rs or CD-Rs per year, but burner labs are inexpensive and easy to set up, and if raided, easily and quickly replaceable.