Pirate DVD factory raided in The Netherlands

Written by Phil Cogar

September 14, 2007 | 12:40

Tags: #bust #cds #dvds #illegal #piracy #pirated

Earlier this week, Dutch police raided a clandestine DVD manufacturing plant that was making 900 copies of pirated movies an hour. A DVD press was seized along with movies such as Die Hard 4.0, Ocean's Thirteen, Evan Almighty, and Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer and CDs composed of a compilation of popular chart music.

The factory, which was located in Velddriel, southeast of Amsterdam, had possibly gotten its manufacturing presses from a legitimate plant that had declared bankruptcy.

"This raid shows that in 2007 physical piracy continues to damage the entertainment industries," said John Kennedy, Chairman and CEO of IFPI. "Here we have a clandestine factory operating in a major western economy, producing huge volumes of product. This is not a petty crime, this is serious organized crime and it is important that the public understands that when they buy pirate product they are sending cash to organized criminals who are almost certainly involved in other areas of serious criminal activity."

The pirated movies were being sold in schools, offices, bars and on the street.

Maybe the recording industry should change its focus and go after those who actually make money from pirating music and movies instead of going after individuals like it currently does.

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