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Record labels Use Phillipine Police & Military as Enforcers
By Jon Newton,
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On January 15, 500 armed police and military personnel, including sniper teams, were involved in the Philippines' "largest deployment of armed military and police personnel seen within the urban area of the capital [Metro Manila] for many years," says a media statement.

But this massive effort wasn't to defeat a plan to topple the Phillipine government.

Rather, as incredible as it might seem, the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) SE Asia was using the Phillipine police and military as enforcers in a raid on an illicit CD duplicating organization, headed by a local cop.

"Following a two-month intelligence gathering operation by IFPI SE Asia anti-piracy personnel, officers of the Philippines Video Regulatory Board and IFPI SE Asia," said the IFPI press-piece

The IFPI, the mouthpiece for the international recording industry, also bragged:

"The Philippines President also provided a detachment of her own security team to escort and protect IFPI operatives from any potentially violent backlash as a result of their presence in the region."

Somehow, it failed to have the courtesy to name President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and nor did it mention any part the Phillipine authorities played in the investigations.

In the meanwhile, the raid apparently 'recovered' more than 190 CD burners and, "several hundred thousand finished music and film products." But precisely what 190 burners really means is open to question because if the IFPI is anything like the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) of which it is a clone, its statements and figures are extremely flexible.

Just before Christmas, founder Bill Evans contacted the RIAA's Amy Weiss with questions about another bust in New York. This time, the RIAA had the NYPD (New York Police Department) acting for them. The RIAA said the raid netted the equivalent of 421 burners. Bill had been told the actual number was around 156 burners and wanted to know what 'equivalent' meant, precisely.

Amy replied: "We stated that the raid was the equivalent of 421 burners, as we need to put these operations in perspective based on burning capacity and output, not the # of physical slots for the discs. Since they burn 4x burners - it is roughly 4xs the numbers of burners."

Say no more.


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