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2002-Dec-12: Bootleg Raid

The Express reports today that Sir Paul and Ringo Starr are among the many recording artists to have fallen victim to a multi-million pound racket in bootleg recordings of their studio sessions and live performances.

Tipped off by British Phonography Ltd and the anti-piracy team of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, London detectives arrested a 31-year-old businessman at his home in South Kensington, west London for an alleged conspiracy to swindle artists, writers, musicians, singers and record companies out of a fortune. When the detectives raided the man's business in Battersea, they discovered 28,165 allegedly bootlegged CDs containing recordings by 33 of the world's leading pop performers, living and dead.   They also seized 198,634 pieces of artwork as inserts for the 100,000 bootlegged CDs.  More CDs were located following a search of the man's home and his office in Kensington.  The man was questioned then released on police bail without charge pending investigations by Kensington and Chelsea CID.

Since the discovery and arrest  of the man last June, each of the bootlegged CDs have been painstakingly catalogued by police officers.  Also, record industry experts listened to each one.  It is understood similar CDs have been sold all over the world.  According to a record industry insider said:

"Bootleg recordings cost musicians a huge amount of money every year. A lot of the cash would go to the less well paid artists and writers. They have been swindled out of a fortune."

 

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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