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December 11, 1986 | From Associated Press
Two men were arrested and charged with bootlegging tapes after the producers of "Great Performances: Dance in America" received a catalogue from "Mr. Tape" offering their own programs for sale, according to public television station WNET.
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March 13, 2014 | By F. Kathleen Foley
Fueled by youth and passion, Poor Dog Group toys with the deliberately obscure in “Five Small Fires,” the collective's latest offering at Bootleg Theater. A group of young cultists, who are being sought by the authorities, have holed up in a community center in Glendale. The space is strikingly bare, save for a few video cameras and microphones -- instruments for streaming the group's post-apocalyptic message over the Internet. In oblique, poetically charged interchanges, the cultists consistently refer back to a transformative but arcane ritual they recently underwent on a relative's cow farm in Costa Rica.
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BUSINESS
September 25, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
A U.S. law criminalizing the sale of bootleg recordings of live performances is illegal because it doesn't limit the life of a copyright, a judge ruled in the case of a Manhattan man indicted on charges of selling concert tapes. U.S. District Judge Harold Baer struck down the law, which carries a five-year prison term. U.S. copyright law limits protection of a work to the life of the author plus 70 years, Baer said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2013 | By Todd Martens
With no publicity or promotion, 59 Beatles tracks appeared for sale Tuesday on iTunes under the moniker "The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963. " The collection, consisting largely of coarse-sounding recordings for the BBC, is retailing for $39.99 in the U.S.  But for how long? Reports of the set being for sale around the globe began surfacing early Tuesday. A sense of mystery surrounded the project, as it was said to have disappeared and reappeared in some regions. Although it's currently for sale in the U.S., distributing label Universal Music Group declined to comment on the record or its existence.
NEWS
June 13, 1993 | From Associated Press
Police seized about 20,000 allegedly pirated videotapes and arrested six people during a three-day sweep of several San Francisco Bay Area video stores. Officials said the videos amounted to $1.3 million in lost movie industry revenue. "This is significant. This will have a big impact on video piracy," said David Dolson of the Motion Picture Assn. of America.
WORLD
November 29, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Taiwan has launched a crackdown on bootleg rice wine after tainted liquor killed at least five people in the last two weeks, police said. This week, police seized thousands of bottles of illegal rice wine, which sometimes contains poisonous methanol. Officials said people caught making the bootleg wine could be charged with homicide and receive the death penalty.
BUSINESS
April 1, 1997 | CHUCK PHILIPS
U.S. Customs Service agents have broken up what is believed to be the largest bootlegging ring in the world, seizing 800,000 pirated recordings and indicting 13 individuals for allegedly conspiring to manufacture, import and distribute pirated compact discs in more than a dozen countries, primarily in Europe. The indictments, handed down March 27 in Orlando, Fla.
NEWS
September 5, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
Two biblical scholars published a "bootleg" volume of long-secret Dead Sea Scrolls Wednesday, boasting they had broken the monopoly of academics who hid the material from the public for decades. But the men in charge of the official publication of the 2,000-year-old scrolls denounced the tactic, saying it smacked more of betrayal than scholarship and hinted that legal action might be taken.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1990 | SHAWN HUBLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dennis Cassity's beach house is a modest place, really. OK, so it's a garage. But such a cozy garage! Tiled bathroom, kitchenette--and all for about $100 a month less than thecheapest apartment in town. "Of course, I knew it was illegal," the 40-year-old computer repairman chuckled, recalling the day he found his Hermosa Beach apartment. "I was born and raised on the beach. I know a bootleg (apartment) when I see one." No matter. Cassity took the place anyway.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 1991 | GREG GRANSDEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A few hundred paces from the Oktyabr movie theater, where "Gone With the Wind" opened last fall to packed houses, stands a modest little kiosk that is souring the plans of U.S. film distributors to exploit the commercial potential of the vast Soviet entertainment market. Located on Arbat Street, the privately owned kiosk sells pirate videos of foreign, mainly American films. Of the list of 181 films on sale, at least 90% are U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2013 | By Taffy Brodesser-Akner
On Valentine's Day, a young woman wearing a button-down shirt, bicycle shorts and a Soviet-era Budenovka hat, along with an adhesive mustache, stood on the stage of the Bootleg Theater. Her name was Russky Business. Her father's Fabergé egg had been stolen, so she was doing arm-wrestling bouts to make money for the repurchase of the egg, always hoping that the right people would see her skills and she would earn that arm-wrestling scholarship to the prestigious Moscow State University.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2013
Eric Woodhead's music as Doldrums is a product of its times — skittish laptop electronica made from diced up samples and woozy, vibey synthesizers. But he's got a bit of pop streak that cuts through the digital fog. Bootleg Bar, 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Fri., $10. Foldsilverlake.com .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2012 | Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
I was drinking at King Eddy's, the skid row dive that's being made over into a hipster bar, when I overheard people say that a web of old bootlegger tunnels lay under downtown. A labyrinth, running from the old speakeasy beneath King Eddy's to Pershing Square and points beyond - even San Pedro? They had me at "tunnel. " I had to know more. The Los Angeles Department of Public Works didn't know about the tunnels. Map librarian Glen Creason of the Central Library told me that they were never mapped, for obvious reasons.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Americans downloaded nearly 760 million songs using the BitTorrent file-sharing network in the first six months of this year -- surpassing the number of digital tracks purchased over that same period, according to a new report. BitTorrent's technology allows Web users to share large files by downloading small pieces from many computers at once. Although not all music available on BitTorrent is pirated the majority of the songs delivered through the network are not licensed. The findings of London researcher Musicmetric suggest that turning to the courts to block access to sites that facilitate illegal downloads -- as happened earlier this year in Britain, where Internet service providers were ordered to block access to the Pirate Bay -- is doing little to deter piracy.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 2012 | By August Brown
It must be quite a feeling to be 17 and realize your band is really, really good. That's probably what drove Chloe Chaidez to climb on top of the Bootleg's bar top and howl at the moon while her band Kitten tore off another round of shoegazy post-punk during its packed Monday night residency. While most hyper-young artists are working at the bleeding edges of dance music, Kitten's rich and atmospheric rock is surprisingly ageless. The quintet's sound pulls from the punk-funk rhythms of Public Image LTD with Smiths-y yearning and the blissfully brutal distortion of Ride and Slowdive.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
Twenty years ago Billy Ray Cyrus was feasting on the fruits of his debut album, “Some Gave All,” which spawned the hit single “Achy Breaky Heart” and became the biggest-selling disc of 1992. On Friday night the country singer played a concert for approximately 200 people at the Bootleg, a funky indie-rock club near Echo Park. Yet this wasn't a case of a has-been music star sopping up the dregs of his residual fame. (Or at least it wasn't that entirely.) Cyrus, 51, was launching what he referred to as a world tour with his new band, Good Bad Habit, in front of a rowdy crowd populated by friends and family, including his daughter Miley.
NEWS
October 16, 1999 | STEPHEN BRAUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As soon as he was inside the hall, clear of the guards at the doors, Tapewyrm tended to his preparations with a burglar's stealth. This obsession of his was both an act of love and a crime, and to do it right, he had to take care. The 40-year-old communications technician headed to a bathroom. Inside a stall, he unpacked a tiny sound studio he had smuggled in beneath his flannel shirt. He fit dime-sized microphones under his hair, then readied a miniature digital tape recorder.
WORLD
August 19, 2012 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - First there were four of them, lined up against the subway platform wall. Then five, then six, then 11 - all of them blind, all with retractable canes, all with bulging backpacks strapped to their torsos. Socorro Jimenez was among them, waiting her turn. The unwritten rule is one per train. Soon, hers came. This is how it always works on mornings such as this one: Few of the strap-hanging housekeepers or half-asleep students or impassive office workers will pay much mind to the 55-year-old, or her cane, or her nondescript black backpack.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Forget cinema, David Lynch's current passion is artist development. On Aug. 2, Lynch will step into his new role as a master of ceremonies, hosting a concert from Chrysta Bell, whose 2011 debut CD the filmmaker-musician produced.  Even Lynch fans ignorant of Bell's full-length "This Train" are likely already familiar with her work. Bell and Lynch composed the song "Polish Poem" for the director's most-recent full-length feature, the mysterious and experimental 2006 film "Inland Empire.
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