The Chinese government has launched a massive crackdown on music and film piracy, destroying in a single sweep more than 27.5 million illegal audio and video discs.
According to the People's Daily, the campaign covered 31 provinces, with the highest number of seizures made in Nanjing. The capital of the eastern Jiangsu province accounted for 11.2 million illegal discs alone, the newspaper said.
The action was ordered following China's admission into the World Trade Organisation, and was designed to show that officials were making good on a promise to boost protection for intellectual property.
Trade group the International Intellectual Property Alliance, has estimated that piracy in China cost the entertainment industry $979m in lost sales in 2000.
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