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July 15, 2004 | Chuck Philips, Times Staff Writer
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.
April 4, 2010 | By BOOTH MOORE, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
As Forever 21 continues to rocket into the 21st century, competitors are undoubtedly trying to decode the fast-fashion chain's successful formula. Low prices? Trendy merchandise that cycles in and out of stores on a daily basis? Super-size stores modeled after the 86,000-square-foot location that recently opened in Cerritos? Forever 21 has all that, but the real secret weapon may be a couple of women who look as if they're barely out of high school. Linda Chang, 28, and her sister Esther, 23, the Ivy League-educated daughters of Forever 21's Korean American founders Don and Jin Sook Chang, seem to have the stylish eye and marketing savvy to take the $2-billion brand into the future and make it a competitor on a global level with European fast-fashion giants H&M, Mango and Zara.
September 25, 1992 | JOANNA DENDEL
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 | JOANNA DENDEL
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.
June 1, 2007 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
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 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.
December 12, 2002 | Jon Healey, Times Staff Writer
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.
May 22, 2004 | James Bates and Jon Healey, Times Staff Writers
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.
At first glance, Los Angeles' busy Garment District near the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and 11th Street would appear to be an ideal place to do business. Dozens of trucks line the streets in the morning while drivers unload huge boxes of clothes. Shopkeepers trot behind rolling racks of new garments, from T-shirts to tuxedos. Buyers for retail chains pop from one small store to the next, looking for the latest in fashion or the cheapest of close-outs.
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