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ENCINO : Motion Picture Assn. Seizes Pirated Tapes From Stores

Investigators seized 3,688 pirated videotapes from six video stores in the Los Angeles area in what a spokesman for the motion picture industry said Tuesday was one of the biggest raids ever in the region.

“This is one of our largest takes for a single day,” said Ed Pistey, director of the Motion Picture Assn. of America’s anti-piracy operation. “As long as people continue to sell pirate videos, we will continue to go after them.”

Pistey said the sale of illegally reproduced videocassettes costs film companies about $250 million annually in lost sales.

Off-duty police officers helped the group’s investigators serve warrants at stores in Encino and elsewhere in the area. Tapes also were seized from one home in Carson.

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Among the pirated tapes taken from the retailers were “Aladdin,” “The Client,” “Jurassic Park” and “Maverick.”


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