A joint operation between the MPA and PayPal has resulted in the shutting down of dozens of merchants using PayPal’s online payment platform to sell illegal DVDs and Blu-ray Discs. The sellers’ accounts were closed today. From the release:

The operation took place over a three-month period and involved the close cooperation of investigators from the MPA Asia Pacific and PayPal’s Brand Risk Management department. The investigation uncovered that the majority of these merchants are based in mainland China, and that they market and ship their products directly to retail and wholesale customers worldwide. PayPal prohibits the sale of items that infringe or violate any copyright, trademark, right of publicity or privacy or any other proprietary rights under the laws of any jurisdiction as part of its acceptable use policy.

Said MPA Asia Pacific president and managing director Mike Ellis of the operation, which was based out of the MPA’s Singapore hub: “We are very pleased that this joint operation has resulted in the immediate shutdown of dozens of accounts belonging to copyright infringers, many of whom have been exploiting legitimate platforms for years to sell counterfeit material worldwide. We also commend PayPal for taking decisive action against these illegal activities on its global payment platform. Through this operation, PayPal has once again shown itself to be a consistent and reliable partner in the fight against copyright theft.”