US Scuttles Piracy Gang

    October 13, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

Three California men created over 325,000 illegal copies of software and music CDs, and had enough “stampers,” or molds, to create up to 160,000,000 illicit CDs.

Latin music and Symantec software were among the titles of choice for the trio, who were indicted by a federal grand jury in San Francisco on counterfeiting CDs. Bloomberg cited authorities who said the group was part of the largest CD manufacturing seizure in the United States.

As they created thousands of illegal copies of CDs, the men labeled them to look legitimate, including labels that warned against illegal copying. They created the CDs from stampers, and each stamper can be used to make up to 80,000 disc copies.

US authorities confiscated more than 2,000 stampers during the seizure. The RIAA noted the value of a stamper for music CDs would be worth about $25,000 on its own.

“The allegations of massive piracy of music and software reflect the potential loss of millions of dollars to the artists and businesses who legitimately own the copyrights on these works,” said U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan in a statement.

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