(LAWFUEL) – A 28-year-old Doncaster East man faced Melbourne Magistrates Court today charged with manufacturing and selling pirated computer games and software.
The investigation began in June 2008 after the Australian Federal Police (AFP) received a referral into allegations of pirated games and software.
On 17 December, the AFP executed a search warrant at a house in Doncaster
East where they found computer equipment including manufacturing materials that were allegedly used to duplicate and create pirated computer game software.
The AFP seized the material along with large quantities of CDs, more than 2500 pirated popular game titles and approximately $52,000 in cash from the house. The AFP alleged in court today that the man used manufacturing material to copy and sell the video and computer games to retailers and community members.
The man was charged with multiple counts of manufacturing and selling pirated games software and possessing devices for the purpose of manufacturing pirated software pursuant to the Copyright Act 1968 and the Trademarks Act 1995.
The maximum penalty for these offences is $60,000 or five years
The man was bailed to reappear in Melbourne Magistrates Court on 7 May