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Monday, March 31, 2008

Bootlegger news - Suspected bootlegger busted

Police confiscate bootleg DVDsA Hamilton, Ont. man has been charged with copyright infringement for allegedly selling bootleg concert DVDs. The charges follow a bust by the RCMP.

Victor Avalis faced a total of five charges. Authorities said he was selling bootleg copies of performances by artists including Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne and Nickelback.

According to the RCMP, approximately 1,140 DVDs, 1,570 VHS tapes, 340 CDs, 50 audiocassettes and 5 CDRs (video in CD format) have been seized.

The materials were allegedly being sold at a music memorabilia show at a downtown Hamilton hotel on June 13.

Police also seized recordings of concerts by the Guess Who, Neil Young, the Barenaked Ladies, Jann Arden, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and others. The RCMP say the concerts were illegally recorded in numerous venues in North America, including Toronto and Hamilton.

The Mounties were acting on a tip from the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA), which has also led the fight in Canada against illegal music downloading.

In a statement released by CRIA, Arden said she was "heartbroken" over the charges.

"Touring is an incredibly important part of my career as a singer/songwriter. It's my job and it's how I connect with people," the musician noted. "Something special was taken from me and my audience."

Avalis, a vendor at the memorabilia show, appeared in court in Hamilton on July 22.

I would be happy to hear your reaction on this one.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's reassuring to know that law enforcement agencies are hard at work cracking down on the real criminals-never mind that North America has lost the war on drugs, gangs, illegal aliens and terrorism. At least my family and I can sleep safe knowing no bootleg disc is making the rounds and causing (insert crybaby musician name here) turmoil. It's all about money. That's it.

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You would think that our police agencies would have more important things to do, like stopping the real criminals in today's society.

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The police don't work for the general public (the people that pay their salaries),they serve their corporate masters-just like our president!

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeh.. god forbid they waste any law enforcement resources on REAL crimes, like the constant spate of gun crimes and deaths around Toronto ;)

Oh yeh.. Jan Arden's comments about "something taken from my audience and me" were the stupidest things I have ever heard haha not even Avril Lavine could come up with something THAT retarded :)

I can understand Jan as an artist not wanting anyone selling recordings she does not authorize, but as for "something being taken from her audience"??? what the heck? hahah dumbass eheh

11:09 PM  
Blogger James Puckett said...

I do agree that governments probably have more important things to do, but I also don’t have any sympathy for people who sell bootlegs for profit. These guys make their living by selling someone else’s work. It was one thing to sell bootlegs back when the costs of manufacturing the discs and related materials were unavoidable. But these days there’s no reason a bootleg can’t go online, leaving profits for the music in the hands of the musicians.

12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, I've no sympathy for this guy. It's one thing to distribute music for others pleasure,but, another to make a profit. bluesBob.

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Cop's need to catch Killer's and Cocaine Smuggler's.selling homemade dvds and cds is mostly done 2 buy more blanks and done 4 fun.

9:24 PM  
Blogger Cassie said...

i don't have that much sympathy for this person mainly because he was selling concert recordings. these are types of things which are supposed to be free to all. what he did was wrong. what i am really upset about is that from the looks of the article, they arrested him more for HAVING the bootlegs rather than him selling them.

3:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is my dad lol.

Were rich so i really couldnt care less haha fuck you nickelback, thanks for the plasma screen tv

5:36 AM  

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