The final word in the SterKinekor / Customs drama

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I have said from the beginning that SK were in no way responsible for the copies of Killzone 2 being held by customs in Durban and statements from SK locally and customs have backed that up.

However SAFACT have now come out and given us a definitive answer to the entire debacle.

You can read the entire statement after the jump but the crux of the mater is as that customs stopped the packages after seeing a large amount of items hitting the country from Shopto.net. They opened them up, say that they were Sony games and contacted the concerned representatives of the brand holder (SCEE) and then sent through samples to SAFACT to confirm whether they are counterfeited or pirated.

Once SAFACT analyses the discs they will be sent on their way to the awaiting consumers. Before anyone gets uptight about the fact that you pirate Blu-Ray discs you also need to remember that this isn’t the only way they could be illegal. They theoretically could have been stolen and resold or be fake goods entirely.

In this case you will all get your discs after the annoying process is complete and I have to say that I do support customs in attempting to thwart piracy in South Africa.

The only thing I don’t understand is why didn’t SK tell us this when we first asked them? It would have made everything a lot easier for everyone.

Full statement from SAFACT

“Ster Kinekor was not, and is not, responsible for the detention of a consignment of Sony PlayStation products by customs officials in Durban. Customs are entitled to detain any consignment that they suspect of including copyright infringing product. On detaining the consignments concerned the registered representatives of the brand holder concerned are advised and samples provided for analysis to ascertain status of the product.

SAFACT was notified by Customs of the consignments and arrangements made to analyse samples. Should the product be found to be genuine then customs will release the consignments. Should the product be identified as pirated or counterfeit then customs seize the product and SAFACT submits a complaint and legal action instituted.
At no time was Ster Kinekor involved in the detention of this consignment.

SAFACT, in this instance, is acting on behalf of SCEE.
SAFACT, whilst understanding the frustration that such detentions of genuine product can cause, appreciates the ongoing efforts of Customs in ensuring that counterfeit and copyright infringing product does not find it’s way into South Africa. Such actions are responsible for a dramatic decrease in illegal imports.

Every effort will be made to expedite the inspection of this consignment.

SAFACT”

As for the accusations that it was Ster Kinekors brand attorneys holding the process up, well I wouldn’t be in the least bit surprised if SK and Sony Europe hold the same attorneys in SA and they were contacted by customs. They didn’t request the seizure they would have just been notified of it and of the fact that SAFACT would be analysing the goods.

At this time they could probably have told customs to let the goods go but honestly there is absolutely no reason why they would do that seeing that they didn’t know if they were entirely legal at that time.

Source of statement: MyGaming

Last Updated: March 16, 2009

Gavin Mannion

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