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Bangalore, Feb. 3

PIRATES might have taken a wrong turn when they shifted from T-shirts and jeans to CDs and networking goods.

They are now the targets of irate international electronic goods makers, who are rising to protect their IPR (intellectual property rights).

The city police on Wednesday conducted a raid against manufacturers of counterfeit goods. The goods in question were duplicates of D-Link networking cables, manufactured locally using fake packing materials, holograms and price stickers. D-Link is an international maker of wireless routers and modems.

Four sites were raided and fake switches and cables have been confiscated, said the release issued by the Enforcers of Intellectual Property Rights India, who assisted the local police.

"Our investigations revealed the prevalence of such activity detrimental to D-Link. This is a clear case of violation of Section 51/63 of the Copy Right Act of 1957," said Mr Satheesh Kumar, Investigating Officer, South, EIPR, in a release issued by the company. The police have arrested owners of all units and registered cases against them.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated February 4, 2006)
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