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green_souljah

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Funny how this site looks like a catch-the-robber site now as opposed to a promotional tool for recording artists.

This article makes for a great read.

http://www.riaa.com/news/newsletter/111703.asp

Music Piracy Arrests In Massachusetts And New Hampshire

Five Arested For Hawking Counterfeit Recordings at Flea Markets

Five people were arrested over this past weekend for selling counterfeit and pirate music at two flea markets - one in Massachusetts and the other in New Hampshire - following investigations by members of the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) Anti-Piracy Unit.

RIAA anti-piracy investigators recently conducted a routine investigation of the Salem flea market at 20 Hampshire Street in Salem, N.H. and found pirated goods being sold from vendors at the flea market. Following up on the tip, the Salem Police Department on Saturday seized nearly 15,000 counterfeit and pirate CDs and arrested four individuals for engaging in the illegal sale of copyrighted music. Among those arrested were natives of Lowell, Mass. and Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

And late Sunday evening, the Northampton, Mass. Police Department seized 1,500 counterfeit CDs from the The Hill and Dale Treasure Chest Flea Market at 327 King Street. RIAA investigators had singled out a vendor at the flea market for illegally selling copyrighted music. Later, the Northampton Police Department made an on-site seizure of counterfeit CDs and subsequently arrested an individual from Holyoke, Mass.

"We appreciate the work of the police departments in Salem and Northampton," said Cary Sherman, President, Recording Industry Association of America. "Flea markets continue to be a haven for pirated music and we are stepping up our efforts accordingly. The industry has suffered massive sales declines over the last three years, due in large part to piracy.

"Legitimate local retailers trying to make a living are especially hurt by this kind of piracy. Consumers who mistakenly purchase this type of product believing it is genuine lose out, too.

"Vendors who hawk pirated music should take note: this is illegal activity, it's noticed by our investigators and law enforcement, and it can have serious consequences," concluded Sherman.

[The Recording Industry Association of America is the trade group that represents the U.S. recording industry. Its mission is to foster a business and legal climate that supports and promotes our members' creative and financial vitality. Its members are the record companies that comprise the most vibrant national music industry in the world. RIAA® members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 90% of all legitimate sound recordings produced and sold in the United States.
 
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