9 August 2002
ARREST OF LEADING INTERNET SUPPLIER OF PIRATE SMART
CARDS AND MANUFACTURING EQUIPMENT.
The Victoria Police, in a joint operation involving Subscription Television operators, on
Wednesday arrested a man in Mill Park, a northern suburb of Melbourne. The man is alleged to be
one of Australia’s leading suppliers of pirated subscription television smart cards and related
manufacturing equipment. The arrest followed the successful execution of a search warrant and
the seizure of a large quantity of smart cards, business records and equipment used in the
manufacture of illegal pirate devices.
The man will be summonsed to appear before the Heidelberg Magistrates Court on a range of State
and Federal criminal charges at a date to be fixed.
This arrest follows recent investigations and prosecutions of persons in Victoria involved in the
sale, distribution and manufacturing of unauthorised ‘broadcast decoding devices’ under the
provisions of the Copyright Act 1968.
“This arrest will assist Subscription Television providers and help prevent consumers being
conned into paying for illegal services. The Australian Subscription Television & Radio
Association’s (ASTRA’s) members have been working actively with police to identify the sources
of supply of illegal devices and to help stop an unlawful activity that undermines the viability of
our services” said Debra Richards, Executive Director of ASTRA.
• Piracy occurs when a viewer or end user gains access to a Subscription Television Service
without payment to the relevant subscription television provider. Use of pirate smart cards
is a crime.
• Since its inception in Australia in 1995, the Subscription Television industry has invested
$8 billion in people, infrastructure, technology and programming and now directly employs
over 3,500 people ranging from program makers and advanced IT professionals to call
centre staff and sales people. Thousands of others are indirectly employed in