L.A. makes vid pirates walk plank

Officials disclose criminal cases, police raids

HOLLYWOOD — Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn, Police Chief William Bratton and City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo became the latest government officials to announce piracy arrests in a news conference Thursday.

Joined by reps from major studios, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the MPAA, officials said Delgadillo’s office has filed 12 criminal cases related to pirated DVD and CD sales and announced that police made three separate raids Thursday morning that netted more than 5,000 illegally copied DVDs, along with duplicating equipment.

The 12 cases recently filed by the city attorney resulted in the confiscation of 2,317 pirated CDs and 784 pirated DVDs.

News conference was held at the Grove shopping mall, where two individuals were recently arrested by LAPD officers and charged under California’s new law making videotaping movies in a theater a criminal offense (Daily Variety, April 15).

“We want to tell everybody loud and clear that if you are out there trying to secretly videotape a movie in a movie theater, we are going to arrest you, Rocky is going to prosecute you, and you’re going to go to jail,” Hahn told reporters.

A recent Deloitte & Touche study found that online and hard copy piracy combine to cost the film industry $6 billion-$7.5 billion per year.

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