Home     News    Malta    Careers    Contact Us

   the firm      expertise      people      library      news      malta      careers

 

     
 

current legal news  >  malta ip news

International Gaming Expo

     

Malta News

 

  data protection

 

 

  e-gaming

 

 

  financial services

 

 

  investment

 

 

  immigration

 

 

  intellectual
  property

 

  shipping

 

 

  tax

 

 

  trusts

 

 

  archive

 

Firm News

 

Press Releases

 

Cultural Events

 

Training events

 

Publications

 

Library

 
     

 

 

Police raids hit four pirate gangs in Turkey 22/06/2009

Turkish police have conducted major anti-piracy operations against four organised criminal syndicates that effectively collapsed due to the numbers of arrests made and illegal product seized.

The first operation on 7th May targeted 83 addresses in 17 cities throughout Turkey, resulting in the arrest of 29 people and the seizure of more than seven million pirate and counterfeit items. Police confirmed that much of this product was sold or distributed through internet sites requiring the use of codes and keywords.

The second operation on 1st June saw 84 different sales points in Istanbul raided simultaneously. More than two million pirate or counterfeit items were seized and 46 people were suspected of infringing copyright law. 11 people, thought to be the gangs' leaders, were arrested by police.

The total estimated value placed on the seizures by Turkish police is more than €75 million.

As a result of these operations, the main pirate network was disrupted and its most important members were arrested. In addition, police believe the biggest pirate market, the Tahtakale, is finished.
According to Muammer Güler, the governor of Istanbul, the police's objective was to cause the collapse of the pirate syndicates, not to target individual street sellers. Officers raided production centres seizing moulds and other equipment. The governor also noted that since copyright law was changed in 2004, 6,361 people had been arrested and 37 million items of pirate product have been seized. The estimated value of this pirate material cumulatively seized is more than €350 million.

Ertugrul Günay, the minister of Culture and Tourism, has emphasised that piracy is theft and stated this should be understood by the public. He said "It's a fight against idea theft, intellectual property theft and it has to be truly understood by the public. All collecting societies and creative people have to stand up against these thieves and government bodies have to support this fight by raising public awareness. Our children should know this kind of theft is a serious crime and that the public have to pull together to support intellectual property. If there isn't any creativity there is no progress."

 

US woman ordered to pay €1.3m for downloading 24 songs

Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates engaged by Malta Enterprise to compile and co-ordinate the Malta Pharmaceutical (Medicinal Products) Patents Directory [7th July 2009]

Malta IP News

 

Practice Group Section

 

Intellectually Property Practice Group

Technology & Telecoms Law Practice Group

i-Gaming Law Practice Group

 

 

 

Practice Groups:

Art & Cultural Property

Aviation Law

Commercial Law

Company Law

Corporate Services

Employment & Labour

Financial Services

Lotteries & Gaming

Immigration & Relocation

Insurance

Intellectual Property

Media & Entertainment

Property & Development

Public Service

Shipping & Yachts

Tax

Technology & Telecoms

Trusts & Estates

 

  

Terms of Use      Privacy Policy      Services      Links      Member Login      Malta Law Firm      Client Login      Contact Us

backtop© Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates, Malta. All rights reserved.

     Legal Firm in Malta     Award Winning Malta Law Firm      City Wealth Leading Law Firms in Malta     .

Malta Company Formation - Malta Tax Advisors - Malta Law Firm