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Alleged DVD Pirates Arrested at Comic-Con

21 Jul, 2005 By: Jessica Wolf



San Diego's annual Comic-Con is a paradise for film and DVD lovers, which often spells dollar signs for DVD pirates. This year, agents from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) turned out in force to comb the throngs of DVD sellers, on the lookout for pirated goods.

They found it at two booths, seizing 125 illegally produced DVDs under copyright from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Warner Home Video and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

San Diego law enforcement cited Chet Szydlowski and his brother Gregory Szydlowski on felony charges that could result in up to five years in prison.

For the past couple of years, as the DVD presence has increased, so has the buzz about the availability of pirated discs at several booths.

“Comic-Con is one of the coolest conventions when it comes to new forms of media and creative technology involving comics and film,” John Malcolm, director of MPAA's worldwide antipiracy effort. “What is not cool is movie pirates selling what is in many cases the hard work of these talented exhibitors and their business partners in the film industry. I am glad we were able to assist in shutting them down.”

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