About 5,000 optical discs were confiscated in a raid Wednesday on an alleged illegal facility operating in the town of Ballina, on the northern New South Wales coast.

Among the discs seized were copies of U2, Madonna and Robbie Williams CDs; illicit DVDs of blockbuster movies such as "Happy Feet", "Rocky Balboa" and "Casino Royale" which have not yet been released officially in Australia; and computer software, including versions of Windows 2007 and Microsoft Vista. The haul also included porn DVDs, six computers, and documents.

Two brothers are expected to face a range of charges for offences relating to the Copyright and Trademark Acts. Penalties in Australia for copyright infringement are up to $60,500 ($46,585) and five years' imprisonment per offence.

The raids were a joint operation involving NSW Police and investigators from the film industry's Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT), Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) and Microsoft. MIPI GM Sabiene Heindl said investigations began six months ago after a tip-off by a member of the public.