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Florida Police Arrest Video Store Owner for Piracy

13 Aug, 2008 By: Erik Gruenwedel

A signal from an anti-theft device on an alleged stolen vehicle resulted in the arrest Aug. 12 of a 21-year-old owner of a video store in Hialeah, Fla., on separate charges of operating a pirate movie lab in his home and business, according to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

Eduardo Martin, owner of VIP Video Store, remains in custody pending court proceedings.

Authorities searching Martin's residence found multiple DVD burning towers, nearly 2,000 counterfeit DVDs, including 336 original DVD movies allegedly used as master recordings. Police also found 24 marijuana plants.

The MPAA, which works with local law enforcement agencies to combat movie piracy, said the global entertainment industry loses $18 billion annually to movie piracy, including $11 billion to bootlegged DVDs and $7 billion to illegal movie downloads.

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