The Big Picture:
I have complained for years that the RIAA took the lazy, showboat route in dealing with piracy. Instead of focusing on the vast network of CD counterfeiters, they engaged in ineffective litigation against P2P loving college students.
As the RIAA lazily hired lawyers, the worldwide counterfeit business boomed. A 2004 industry report noted that 35% of All CDs sold worldwide were illegal copies.
The CD-R, it seems, doesn't fall far from the burner.
Its simply astounding that over a third of all CD sales were counterfeits. It reveals how misguided and strategically inept the RIAA strategy has been. Its a good fit: The RIAA is strategically incompetant; The industry they represent has the managerial competancy of lawn furniture.
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is not about to repeat that foolish error. They have set up an ongoing sting operation with the city of Los Angeles to find and arrest the sellers of countefeit DVDs, and confiscate their illegal wares.
The MPAA contributed $186,000 to help pay for a network of surveillance cameras
intended to catch street hawkers selling duped movies. The industry claims countefeiters cost them $3.5 billion annually in lost revenues.