This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
As a result of mounting complaints from legitimate businesses in the university press industry, an investigative project was initiated to take a closer look at this phenomenon. The investigators found that it was a well-organized practice affecting all the local universities.
A total of 13 individuals were arrested in the course of the police operations. Charges under the Copyright Act could be filed at the end of the investigation.
Early investigation information indicates that the businesses had been active for several years. Some of them used a legitimate front to engage in illegal photocopying of university books. Others rented premises in the vicinity of universities for the back-to-school period and advertized their services through various means, mainly word of mouth within university communities.
The subjects made photocopies based on university program course lists. All they had to do was to show their student card to obtain the course material. The books and digests in question could be sold at a quarter of the list price on average.