Spanish police launch Western Europe's biggest ever crackdown on blank discs
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Source: Mi2N - May 28, 2002
Spanish police dismantled a network involved in the illegal production and
distribution of blank CD-Rs. Close to two million blank CD-R destined mainly
for the pirate market were seized, along with industrial production
machinery, software and extensive documentation.
The raids followed investigations earlier in the year when Spain's Guardia
Civil nailed a network involved in illegal copying of CD-Rs. The discs,
manufactured in a clandestine plant, led to arrests and the seizure of
nearly 5,000 pirated music CDs and 66 burners. Most of the seized discs were
produced in plants in the Aragón and Cataluña regions, for their later
distribution by a Madrid-based company.
In the latest action, police simultaneously raided two companies suspected
of involvement in distribution, and three plants engaged in the illegal
manufacturing of CD-Rs without the authorisation of the patent owner.
Music piracy in Spain has risen to over 30% over the past few years and
organised criminal gangs are producing millions of illegal CD-Rs using
'blanket men', mostly illegal immigrants, to sell them.
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