A Korean run net cafe in my area was raided by the Australian Federal Police the other day. Since I walk past there almost everyday, I was there when the AFP were raiding it. They were pulling data off computers and generally had the place locked down. I would say there were more than 10 members of the AFP there.
The Australian Federal Police have raided an internet cafe in Sydney’s CBD where large volumes of pirated music and movies for re-sale were suspected of being illegally downloaded.
A spokeswoman for the AFP confirmed an operation was taking place this morning at Interville Technology in World Square, but would give no further details.
The raid follows an investigation that was carried out in co-operation with officials from the anti-piracy arms of the Australian music and film industries – Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) and the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT).
It is understood that heavy duty electronic equipment was discovered at the premises and that employees at the internet cafe were hired to scour the web for suitable material to download.
This included popular music and newly released movies.
These downloads were then made available to customers to upload onto portable hard drives.
One of the other Korean run net cafes just up the street got the hint because I noticed them dumping all their files in a flurry of activity while the raid was going on elsewhere.
I took a photo from my mobile phone. When I was outside the AFP members could been seen but unfortunately the photo quality is poor and cannot really be seen in it.
The local arms of the American music and film industries have been getting fairly aggressive lately, which accounts for the actions of the AFP. How about the AFP also start raiding Korean run businesses that exploit Koreans on Working Holiday visas and student visas by paying them below the minimum wage, without superannuation or workers injury compensation? Although it is Korean run businesses exploiting their fellow Koreans in Australia, it is happening in Australia and is damaging to the national reputation, and should be stopped.