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Spanish police launch Western Europe's biggest ever crackdown on blank discs
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2002-05-31
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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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