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Brazil counterfeit raids net $100,000+

Anti-piracy raids in Sao Paulo, Brasil, recently yielded 200 CD burners and over 30,000 pirated CDs and DVDs with a street value of more than $100,000.

The raid, carried out with the help of the IFPI and the Motion Pictures Association, cracked down on four properties that were being used to manufacture counterfeit CDs and DVDs in the Brazilian city. The investigation into the group, which supplied counterfeit discs throughout metropolitan Sao Paulo, continues and further arrests are expected inthe near future, says a release.

IFPI represents the recording industry worldwide, with a membership comprising 1400 record companies in 70 countries. Says IFPI's head of Latin America Raul Vazquez, "Congratulations to the specialist intellectual property rights unit of the Sao Paulo State Police on a job well done and to the local music and film associations of APDIF and ADEPI for helping to uncover the activities of this criminal gang." (Source:

Story filed 08.04.07

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