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Feds Seize $7.1M in Counterfeit DVDs in Los Angeles

15 Jan, 2010 By: Erik Gruenwedel

U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection officials Jan. 15 said they confiscated more than a quarter of a million counterfeit movie and music DVDs worth an estimated $7.1 million and earmarked for distribution in the United States from a South Korean cargo ship docked in the Los Angeles/Long Beach harbor.

CBP officials Jan. 7 found 252,968 DVDs with forged trademarks on a sea container from South Korea. The shipment was seized for illegal importation of merchandise bearing fake trademarks, according to a statement. No arrests were made.

“When customs officials inspected the shipment, they discovered counterfeit ‘DVD,’ ‘Dolby’ and ‘DTS’ trademark designs in the packaging,” said Cristina Gamez of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

In 2009, CBP and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement seized more than $260.6 million worth of counterfeit items nationwide, including about $11 million in pirated DVD movies, which accounted for 4% of the entire value of goods seized. The global film industry lost $18.2 billion in 2005 as a result of piracy, according to the Motion Picture Association of America.

The MPAA, last month, began offering $1,000 cash rewards for information leading to the closure of locations in the Los Angeles fashion district found to be engaged in the illegal production of pirated movie DVDs.


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