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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Cops say father-son team peddled bootleg DVDs

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By James Tinley
Register Staff
MILFORD — A father and son who allegedly were peddling bootleg DVDs and CDs were arrested this week after being caught with more than $10,000 worth of merchandise, police said.
Jinlian Yang, 42, and his son Shuai Yang, 19, of Flushing, N.Y., were arrested Tuesday at 100 Landsdale Ave., in the Devon section of the city, after police received complaints they were selling pirated DVDs and CDs out of their car, said police spokesman Officer Vaughan Dumas.
When they were arrested, the pair had about 400 DVDs, including pornography and children’s movies, and about 100 music CDs, Dumas said Wednesday.
Police called the Motion Picture Association of America, which helped determine that the merchandise was pirated.
Bill Shannon, MPAA deputy director for anti-piracy operations, said Wednesday that his office helps train police officers to notice pirated merchandise and assists in determining if CDs or DVDs are pirated.
"Given the number of commercial and retail parking lots and easy access on and off from major highways, we get quite a bit of this," Dumas said. "And we have made several arrests of this type over the past several years."
The two face the felony charge of first-degree larceny, and misdemeanor charges of violating prohibitive acts relative to trademarks and selling discs without identification marks. If found guilty on all charges, each could face more than 25 years in prison.
During their arraignment Wednesday, it was revealed through the help of a Chinese translator that Shuai Yang is attending Queens College in New York on a student visa from China. He has been in the U.S. for about a year. His father’s residency status was not revealed.
"Local police like the Milford Police Department do a good job handling matters like these," Shannon said. "And this just goes to show piracy is a crime, and if you get caught you can face a felony like these two are."
They were each being held in lieu of $10,000 bail. Their next court date is Jan. 23.
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