July 15, 2004 |
In a major bootleg-movie sweep, Los Angeles police shut down a counterfeiting operation Wednesday that film industry officials said could make more than 1 million DVDs a year. Police from a new anti-piracy unit raided an apartment on Burlington Avenue in the Pico-Union area, where officials confiscated 5,680 DVDs that included camcorder copies of such recently released movies as "Anchorman." Police also seized 40 DVD burners, 6,000 blank discs and $2,000 in cash.
July 29, 2004 |
A San Fernando man arrested for selling bootleg movies from the trunk of his car was sentenced Wednesday to a year in county jail in one of the steepest penalties to date in the movie industry's war on piracy. Jose Procopio Aniceto, 35, pleaded guilty to six felony counterfeiting charges after police in May found him selling the DVDs out of his 1996 Buick in the Santee Alley area downtown, which is said to be the center of bootleg movie traffic in Los Angeles.
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November 30, 2007 |
Police arrested 26 people in a raid on vendors in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday that also netted thousands of pirated DVDs, CDs and items of clothing. The raid on vendors in Santee Alley in the city's Fashion District, conducted by Los Angeles police, sheriff's deputies and other agencies, was part of the city's Anti-Piracy Task Force, formed in February. The sale of pirated merchandise cost county businesses some $5.
June 1, 2007 |
Pirated DVD copies of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.'s horror sequel "Hostel: Part II" have hit the streets well ahead of the movie's June 8 release. Executives at the studio's Santa Monica offices said Thursday that the company was investigating the breach, disclosed over the Memorial Day weekend on MovieWeb.com. Although camcorded bootlegs become common after movies hit theaters, pre-release piracy is rare because studios tightened security in recent years. The Motion Picture Assn.
September 25, 1992 |
There's a fashion revival in the making. The hippie look--straight from the rock stars of the '60s--is back. Pajama pants, vests, slipper shoes and hats embellished with embroidery, jewels, sequins and beads are the essential pieces of the look's latest incarnation. Handwork on designer-style versions can be expensive, however, so here's a cheaper alternative. The Mina Collection, on Santee Street ( not Santee Alley), sells clothing made in Bali.
January 18, 1991 |
An outfit as simple as a white blouse and little black skirt looks as chic as ever this resort season. Louis Dell'Olio for Anne Klein is showing his version--a white cotton poet's shirt and black stretch cotton miniskirt--as part of his resort '91 collection. The shirt is $315 and the skirt is $67 at Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, and at Jona in Studio City. He shows it with a corset-like stretch belt. The belt is $70 at Neiman Marcus. Total cost of the designer ensemble: $572.
May 22, 2004 |
In one of the largest bootleg-movie raids to date, Los Angeles police said Friday that they had shut down two operations that together could illegally copy 2.7 million DVDs a year. The raids were part of a push by Hollywood studios and law enforcement authorities to close down a burgeoning black market for movies. The films are typically recorded in movie theaters on a digital camcorder, copied with DVD burners and then sold by street vendors or distributed over the Internet.
December 12, 2002 |
The recording industry is stepping up its anti-piracy efforts during the holiday season, trying to clamp down on flea markets in Los Angeles and New York as well as bootleggers at colleges and on the Internet. Meanwhile, representatives from six higher-education trade associations have agreed to form task forces to study anti-piracy policies and technologies. The groups will be advised by the Recording Industry Assn. of America, the Motion Picture Assn.