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Give us more time, plead DVD traders

Friday, July 03, 2009

Digital versatile disc (DVD) sellers want more time to reorganise their operations to fulfil the new amendments of the Copyright Act 1999.

The largest operator, ComSol, asked for more time saying it was expensive to buy originals which would cost around $50 to $70 per disc.

The amendments prohibit the sale of pirate DVD and encourages the opening of video libraries where members of the public will have to hire the discs.

ComSol general manager Shavnil Gosai said they had started their respective businesses as video libraries hoping to conduct a legitimate business of video sale and rentals.

But this was hijacked with the arrival of counterfeit movies from Asian countries.

But even with enforcement, they did not believe piracy would stop as people could still download movies from the internet.

"Our market are the underprivileged, those who cannot afford to buy movies, and plus we are helping families and children spend time at home," Mr Gosai said.

ComSol employs 120 people across 14 branches.

IMDVD owner Chris Caine said the enforcement of the Act was positive and would help children learn what's right.

Claiming to be the only local shop selling originals, IMDVD membership costs $50 and $5 a disc for three nights.