South African movie, music piracy labs busted – here they are

Copyright theft, also known as piracy, is a growing problem in South Africa with millions of rands worth of fake movies, music, and games sold every year.

According to the Southern African Federation Against Copyright Theft (Safact), the estimated annual loss to the local music industry owing to piracy is in the region of R7,540,000.

To fight the scourge of piracy in South Africa, the police and Safact are working together to bust movie and music piracy labs.

Safact’s 2014 figures show that there were 894 arrests related to copyright theft in 2014, with 93 convictions in the same year.

Most of the actions were against street vendors, but some larger retailers and home operators were also busted.

South African burner labs busted

Over the last two years numerous burner labs, which produced pirated movie DVDs and music CDs, were busted.

In the latest operation a burner lab in Polly Street, Johannesburg was busted. One person was arrested and will be appearing in court shortly.

The busted operations differed significantly – from sophisticated mass-production facilities to small home burning labs.

Here are some of these labs which were busted.

Johannesburg Central burner lab

In February 2015 a burner lab in Polly Street, Johannesburg was busted. Over 4000 counterfeit film and music discs were seized including duplicating equipment (stack burners) and printers. One person was arrested and will be appearing in court shortly.

Polly street piracy lab
Polly street piracy lab
Polly street piracy discs
Polly street piracy discs
Polly street burner lab
Polly street burner lab

Durban Central factory

A factory copying films and music was raided in Durban Central on 14 August 2013. In this raid 9 stack burners and thousands of discs were seized.

Durban Central factory
Durban Central factory

Burner lab in Johannesburg

A burner lab was busted in Johannesburg on 25 November 2013. Manufacturing equipment, disc printers, and thousands of discs were discovered.

Burner lab in Johannesburg
Burner lab in Johannesburg
Burner lab in Johannesburg
Burner lab in Johannesburg
Burner lab in Johannesburg
Burner lab in Johannesburg

Manufacturing facility in Berea

There was a bust of a manufacturing facility in Berea, Kwazulu-Natal, on 6 February 2014.

Berea manufacturing facility
Berea manufacturing facility

Factories in Chatsworth

Two factories and distributors of pirated films and music were busted in Chatsworth on 17 May 2014. Fake CDs and DVDs as well as burning equipment were confiscated.

Chatsworth piracy operations
Chatsworth piracy operations

Fake film and music factory in Troyeville

A fake film and music factory was busted in Troyeville on 14 August 2014, where thousands of discs and burning equipment were confiscated. 1 Pakistani national was arrested.

Troyeville factory resources
Troyeville factory resources

Home factory in Pietermaritzburg

A home factory was busted in Pietermaritzburg on 19 November 2014, which resulted in two arrests.

Home factory in Pietermaritzburg
Home factory in Pietermaritzburg

Illegal factory in Rustenburg

On 14 November 2014 an illegal CD and DVD factory was busted in Rustenburg.

Illegal factory in Rustenburg
Illegal factory in Rustenburg

Home factory in Durban

A home manufacturer was busted in Merebank, Durban on 28 September 2014 where equipment and fake discs were seized.

Durban home factory
Durban home factory

Burner lab in Lenasia

On 18 July 2014 a burner lab was busted in Lenasia, where offenders were arrested and thousands of fake films and equipment were confiscated.

Fake movies and music in Lenasie
Fake movies and music in Lenasie

Manufacturing plant in Umbilo

On 19 April 2014 a fake movie and DVD manufacturing plant in Umbilo, Kwazulu-Natal was busted.

Umbilo manufacturing
Umbilo manufacturing
Umbilo manufacturing
Umbilo manufacturing

Latest news

Partner Content

Show comments

Recommended

Share this article
South African movie, music piracy labs busted – here they are