Chinese Police Crack DVD Piracy Operation in Phony Bird-Flu Research Base

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Chinese police have busted a pirate DVD ring that hid its operation in a fake bird flu research center in southeastern China, state media reported Thursday.

The boss of the factory in a small town near Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi province, had put word out that his factory was a research base for bird flu and that kept local residents away, Xinhua News Agency said.

Zheng Deming, head of the provincial anti-pornography and anti-illegal publications office, said police seized 100,000 pirated DVDs and arrested 11 suspects when they raided the factory. Another 100,000 illegal DVDs and five suspects were later seized in a storage area in neighboring Hubei Province.