Pirate DVDs seized in £30k Blackburn raid

Pirate DVDs seized in £30k Blackburn raid

Pirate DVDs seized in £30k Blackburn raid

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POLICE and trading standards officers have seized hundreds of pirate DVDs worth an estimated £30,000 in a raid on a house in Blackburn.

They swooped on the terraced house in Bromley Street on Wednesday.

More than 800 multi-disc box sets of current films and TV series, and £16,000 in cash, were seized.

Titles taken included recent series from top-rating shows such as Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Bones and Outnumbered.

Trading standards staff from Lancashire County and Blackburn with Darwen councils joined forces with the Lancashire Police to jointly serve a warrant.

Officers believe a bogus Preston address was used on an eBay site and a network of bank accounts set up to hide illegal money.

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It is believed the enterprise would have raised many thousands of pounds from selling the fakes as genuine DVDs on the internet.

Wednesday’s raid is the latest in a series of operations to tackle the counterfeit DVD problem in Lancashire.

In a recent case a man from Chorley received a suspended jail sentence and 100 hours community order in March this year for running an illegal internet business, selling counterfeit titles such as White House Down, Despicable Me 2 and Evil Dead to the public.

County councillor public protection boss Janice Hanson said: “This raid sends a clear message that illegal activity including the sale of counterfeit goods will not be tolerated in Lancashire.

“There should be a level playing field for honest retailers who sell genuine goods and pay their taxes.

“In today’s tough economic climate, the council will continue to work hard to protect our legitimate shopkeepers by removing illegal operators from the marketplace.”

A 22-year-old man has been helping officers with their inquiries.

A county council spokesman said: “Investigations are continuing into the seizure while consideration is given to possible charges under trademarks legislation for a large-scale eBay trader.”

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1:56pm Fri 4 Jul 14

woolywords says...

It never ceases to amaze me, how many corner shops permit people to display advertising postcards, where what they are selling is so obviously illegal.
...
Often, pirated CD's or DVD's, won't play on your device, as they have been compiled in the wrong format.
On the rear of your DVD player is a code, that signifies which regional format that will play on it and it won't play media from outside of that area.
It never ceases to amaze me, how many corner shops permit people to display advertising postcards, where what they are selling is so obviously illegal. ... Often, pirated CD's or DVD's, won't play on your device, as they have been compiled in the wrong format. On the rear of your DVD player is a code, that signifies which regional format that will play on it and it won't play media from outside of that area. woolywords
  • Score: -24

3:02pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

woolywords wrote:
It never ceases to amaze me, how many corner shops permit people to display advertising postcards, where what they are selling is so obviously illegal.
...
Often, pirated CD's or DVD's, won't play on your device, as they have been compiled in the wrong format.
On the rear of your DVD player is a code, that signifies which regional format that will play on it and it won't play media from outside of that area.
If it's been ripped properly it won't have a region code and any protection as the ripping software will remove it. So it will work anywhere on the planet. Not that I condone this of course.
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: It never ceases to amaze me, how many corner shops permit people to display advertising postcards, where what they are selling is so obviously illegal. ... Often, pirated CD's or DVD's, won't play on your device, as they have been compiled in the wrong format. On the rear of your DVD player is a code, that signifies which regional format that will play on it and it won't play media from outside of that area.[/p][/quote]If it's been ripped properly it won't have a region code and any protection as the ripping software will remove it. So it will work anywhere on the planet. Not that I condone this of course. Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 28

5:03pm Fri 4 Jul 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Michael@ClitheroeSin
ce58
wrote:
woolywords wrote:
It never ceases to amaze me, how many corner shops permit people to display advertising postcards, where what they are selling is so obviously illegal.
...
Often, pirated CD's or DVD's, won't play on your device, as they have been compiled in the wrong format.
On the rear of your DVD player is a code, that signifies which regional format that will play on it and it won't play media from outside of that area.
If it's been ripped properly it won't have a region code and any protection as the ripping software will remove it. So it will work anywhere on the planet. Not that I condone this of course.
Presume your comment is entirely off the record LOL
[quote][p][bold]Michael@ClitheroeSin ce58[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: It never ceases to amaze me, how many corner shops permit people to display advertising postcards, where what they are selling is so obviously illegal. ... Often, pirated CD's or DVD's, won't play on your device, as they have been compiled in the wrong format. On the rear of your DVD player is a code, that signifies which regional format that will play on it and it won't play media from outside of that area.[/p][/quote]If it's been ripped properly it won't have a region code and any protection as the ripping software will remove it. So it will work anywhere on the planet. Not that I condone this of course.[/p][/quote]Presume your comment is entirely off the record LOL ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 31

8:43pm Fri 4 Jul 14

mark007 says...

Yify + usb stick, cd's so yesterday lol
Yify + usb stick, cd's so yesterday lol mark007
  • Score: -13

9:29pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Graham Hartley says...

Such a display of intimate experience in the DVD movie trade will have us all arrested. Mere mention of yify is so... carefree! To show comradeship with you, I shout CANON IP7250! And MG5250! INNIT!
Such a display of intimate experience in the DVD movie trade will have us all arrested. Mere mention of yify is so... carefree! To show comradeship with you, I shout CANON IP7250! And MG5250! INNIT! Graham Hartley
  • Score: -19

1:58am Sat 5 Jul 14

woolywords says...

mark007 wrote:
Yify + usb stick, cd's so yesterday lol
A lot of ISP's are making valiant attempts at blocking YIFY and TPB but then there is always proxies...
[quote][p][bold]mark007[/bold] wrote: Yify + usb stick, cd's so yesterday lol[/p][/quote]A lot of ISP's are making valiant attempts at blocking YIFY and TPB but then there is always proxies... woolywords
  • Score: 21

11:23am Sat 5 Jul 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

mark007 wrote:
Yify + usb stick, cd's so yesterday lol
1080p Yify I hope ;)
[quote][p][bold]mark007[/bold] wrote: Yify + usb stick, cd's so yesterday lol[/p][/quote]1080p Yify I hope ;) Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: -14

1:51pm Sat 5 Jul 14

freddibnahsflatcap says...

This is terrible news. I cannot for the life of me think why people would not want to pay £17 or so for an original copy of a film.
This is terrible news. I cannot for the life of me think why people would not want to pay £17 or so for an original copy of a film. freddibnahsflatcap
  • Score: 18

11:02pm Sat 5 Jul 14

mrcool says...

I hope the church and local community comes out and publicly denounces this blatant disregard for the law of our land. The culprit and his family should be deported to Norway or where ever his ancestors came from.
I hope the church and local community comes out and publicly denounces this blatant disregard for the law of our land. The culprit and his family should be deported to Norway or where ever his ancestors came from. mrcool
  • Score: -12

11:36pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Carl_24 says...

If there were more DVD stores in Blackburn maybe there would be less DVD piracy!!!
If there were more DVD stores in Blackburn maybe there would be less DVD piracy!!! Carl_24
  • Score: -13

12:16am Sun 6 Jul 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

Piracy is interesting, if I was never willing to pay £17 - £20 for a DVD but decide to download it had the film industry really lost £20? I was never willing to spend it anyway so how could they have lost it?

Also if I download a film that's 2 years old is that any worse than recording it on my freeview+ box?

I'm not saying I do or don't agree with piracy, but I'm saying there are very fuzzy lines!
Piracy is interesting, if I was never willing to pay £17 - £20 for a DVD but decide to download it had the film industry really lost £20? I was never willing to spend it anyway so how could they have lost it? Also if I download a film that's 2 years old is that any worse than recording it on my freeview+ box? I'm not saying I do or don't agree with piracy, but I'm saying there are very fuzzy lines! HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: -9

5:46pm Mon 7 Jul 14

AnthonyUK says...

Why would I pay 10pounds for 6 films on DVD or BluRay from a dodgy immigrant seller which are poor fuzzy quality sometimes copied from an american or japanese NTSC master with motion flicker/judder and over the top colour balance, sometimes with flashing colours, thin lacklustre non surround sound, and dialogue you struggle to hear often foreign subtitled or dubbed with out of lipsync speech? I'd rather get the official product as it's far far better quality wise and will give me a great viewing experience at home over these poor cheap copies.
Why would I pay 10pounds for 6 films on DVD or BluRay from a dodgy immigrant seller which are poor fuzzy quality sometimes copied from an american or japanese NTSC master with motion flicker/judder and over the top colour balance, sometimes with flashing colours, thin lacklustre non surround sound, and dialogue you struggle to hear often foreign subtitled or dubbed with out of lipsync speech? I'd rather get the official product as it's far far better quality wise and will give me a great viewing experience at home over these poor cheap copies. AnthonyUK
  • Score: -6

5:50pm Mon 7 Jul 14

AnthonyUK says...

Also, think when you buy pirated copies; because not only is the quality suspect, your money could also be funding drugs organised crime and other atrocities, is it worth funding these criminals in order to see your favourite blockbuster movies? There are those prats out there who would say YES and buy from these crims.
Also, think when you buy pirated copies; because not only is the quality suspect, your money could also be funding drugs organised crime and other atrocities, is it worth funding these criminals in order to see your favourite blockbuster movies? There are those prats out there who would say YES and buy from these crims. AnthonyUK
  • Score: -6

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