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Now playing: Bootlegger blues

Now playing: Bootlegger blues

Anti-economic crime police in Phnom Penh arrested four distributors of a bootleg Cambodian film yesterday after its creators filed a complaint to the authorities.

The four were arrested for copying and selling a 2011 movie called Preay Dek Koul, made by an outfit called Sunday Production. “They violated the copyright,” Pit Panha, chief of the anti-economic crime office in Phnom Penh, said.

He added that the suspects were found in Chamkarmon, Porsenchey and Toul Kork districts, after a lengthy investigation. Police also found 46 computers and software for burning DVDs.

Sunda Production owner Lay Sok Hok said that making the movie was expensive, as he had hired a famous actor and filmed abroad in Singapore.

“We spent money and time. It was difficult to produce, but it was so easy for them to produce a fake version to get income,” he said.

Court clerk Sat Bun Thoeun said the suspects were sent to the court for questioning, and  would likely be charged with copyright infringement.

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