The Recording Industry Assn. of America’s antipiracy unit had its biggest haul ever last month, seizing over 200,000 alleged counterfeit audio cassettes. The total number of units represents a figure greater than that confiscated during the first quarter of 1990, according to RIAA.
Actions in California, Illinois, Florida and Missouri resulted in seizures from 23 vendors, one manufacturing facility, convenience stores, storage units and residences.
Counterfeit problem has been a growing concern among record manufacturers, distributors and retailers over the last year, with smaller outlets particularly hard hit by the lost sales to vendors of illicit goods.
Largest bust in January occurred in Orlando, Fla., where 56,100 alleged counterfeit cassettes were removed from a manufacturing location by the Tampa bureau of the FBI and agents of the U.S. Border Patrol.