June 28, 2006 4:54 PM PDT

Feds bust ring of film counterfeiters

The FBI has broken up a ring of international movie-bootleggers that the agency says was responsible for distributing half of all illegally produced "camcorded" copies in the United States and 25 percent of them worldwide.

FBI agents arrested 13 members of the group Wednesday, according to the Motion Picture Association of America, the trade group that represents six of the top movie studios.

All 13 people were due to be arraigned Wednesday in a Manhattan federal court on charges of conspiracy, copyright infringement and trafficking in counterfeit labels, the MPAA said. Each charge carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.

Thieves sneak into movie houses packing digital video recorders to shoot films and later mass produce DVDs to sell. The MPAA said that practice cost the movie industry $3.8 billion last year. Movie studios lose another $2.3 billion on illegal Internet downloads.

"Camcorders...supply 90 percent of newly released movies that end up on the Internet and on the streets," the MPAA said in a statement. "These recordings are duplicated and sold on the black market and loaded onto the Internet triggering an avalanche of millions of illegal downloads."

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now this is piracy
Interesting how the MPAA differs from the RIAA... going after individuals with commercial enterprises for pirating content rather than suing customers who copy for personal use.
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David Jemeyson of Real Piracy
We will unveil in a MOTION PICTURE this year, the ONE guy who is doing ALL of the real counterfeiting. David Jemeyson www.realpiracy.com
Posted by ccisat1dxj (14 comments )
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David Jemeyson of Real Piracy
We have a motion picture documenting the ONE group that is responsible for 90% of all REAL counterfeiting of DVD movies. David Jemeyson
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Oh Really???
Where is it and how do I download it? Illegally...
Posted by vsteveflores (1 comment )
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how funny is this
i work in a city in calif compton that would be i know of 5 plus places where u can get bootleg dvds and cds most before they hit the big screen, do i see a crack down lol heck no. will their be never. if they really want to stop it in the inner cities talk to inner city reg people you would learn a lot.
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