DVD piracy “more profitable than drugs”

The black market trade in pirated DVDs is expected to top 1 billion pounds by 2007 as organised crime moves into the increasingly profitable racket of bootlegged movies, anti-piracy campaigners say.
Cheap, knock-off versions of the latest films can be picked up at car boot sales and street corners, often before the cinema release date.
Police have had some success in the past year cracking down on pirate DVD sellers, but in an era of online file-sharing, networks and DVD copiers, the volume of bootleg movies is growing fast.
In an effort to slow down the black market trade, a host of film companies and retailers launched a 1.5 million pound campaign awareness campaign on Monday to alert consumers that buying pirate DVDs is a crime.

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