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Korean net cafe raided

December 23rd, 2007 . by Matt

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.

korean net cafe

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.

2 Responses to “Korean net cafe raided”

  1. comment number 1 by: Errol

    Korean teen fatally stabbed near World Square in Sydney..
    Knife fight in Sydney centre ends in teen death
    A man has been fatally stabbed following an overnight argument outside a business in Sydney’s George Street, police say.
    Police were called to the World Square shopping complex at Liverpool Street about 1am following reports of a stabbing.
    They say two Korean men were lying near each other, both suffering multiple stab wounds to the upper body.
    Police say witnesses told them the men had been attacked by two other men of Chinese ethnicity, who left in a taxi after the attack.
    The 19-year-old was taken to St Vincents Hospital where he died a short time later. The other man, aged in his 20s, is in a serious condition at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, police say.
    The attack had begun as an argument at a business on the north-east corner of Liverpool and George Street, say police.
    The four men then moved up Liverpool Street until they were across the road from Central Local Court, where the two Korean men were stabbed.
    “Witnesses told us that [the two alleged attackers] jumped in a cab from a particular company … [and] we managed to get in contact with the cab company very, very quickly and some great work by the company and in particular the cab driver alerted police to the fact that he only shortly before had deposited these fellows at Redfern train station,” City Central police Commander Mark Murdoch said.
    The two men were arrested near the station about 1.15am, he said.
    Police were questioning them at City Central police station this morning.
    The Asian Crime and Homicide squads are assisting in the investigation, police stated.
    Anyone with information can phone City Central Police Station on 9265 6499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

  2. comment number 2 by: Errol

    Here’s the video.