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Italian pirates walk the plank
By Jon Newton,
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Source: Mi2N - January 14, 2001

Naples, Rome, Pescara and Milan are top of the list in arrests and seizures involving music piracy in 2001, says Italy's FPM (Federation against music piracy) in its full year results for 2001. In a total of 355 operation, seizures of illegal CD-Rs increased by 55 % in comparison to 2000.

Implementation of Italy's new anti-piracy law 248/2000 and, "improved law enforcement cooperation" increased the number of operations and arrests, and "FPM also expanded its training programmes with police forces, providing the tools needed to fight piracy," it says. According to FPM stats, a total of 726 CD-R burners were seized (+ 22% in 2000). MCs decrease from 115,307 to 62,863 (- 45%) There were 510 arrests made, an 431 % increase over the previous year. 546 (+71%) people were, "referred to the Judicial Authority".

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