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Hollywood Robbery

Hollywood Robbery

Hollywood Robbery
One of the world's most powerful media capitals is now a mecca for media piracy. On the streets of down down L.A., $5 will get you the latest platinum record, or blockbuster movie. Sometimes even before they're officially released worldwide, the music industry loses $1.6 billion a year to street-level bootlegging operations.

Rip it. Burn it. Steal it. Never before has it been so easy to copy a song, movie or game. Media Piracy has become a global criminal enterprise with the help of millions of people who don't see the harm in downloading their entertainment and not paying for it. Stealing or pirating intellectual property has become a multibillion-dollar industry. Crime Inc. goes inside the entertainment industry to meet some of the people losing their livelihood to piracy and also follows law enforcement trying to crack down on this seemingly victimless crime.

Web Extras

  • The Underground World of Media Piracy     Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    The movie industry estimates that in Mexico, for every DVD sold legally, another 10 are pirated, often by notorious and dangerous drug cartels who are making a name for themselves in media piracy.

  • Bootleg CDs     Monday, 13 Aug 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    Det. Rick Ishitani from LADP's Anti-Piracy Unit demonstrates the differences between a consumer and bootleg DVD.

  • Government Crackdown     Monday, 13 Aug 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    John Morton, Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, shows how the government shut down a website offering movies illegally.

  • MegaUpload Indictment Monday, 20 Aug 2012 | 3:50 PM ET

    The indictment alleges that MegaUpload, led by Kim Dotcom, is responsible for more than $500 million in losses to copyright holders. It’s one of the largest copyright infringement cases ever brought by the United States. (Source: Public Domain)

  • Bryan Thomas Black's involvement in Kalisto Monday, 20 Aug 2012 | 3:51 PM ET

    A detailed account of Bryan Thomas Black’s 3+year involvement in the "warez scene” named Kalisto, an underground community who copy, modify and distribute copyrighted software through the Internet. (Source: Public Domain)

  • Civil Complaint Monday, 20 Aug 2012 | 3:52 PM ET

    Voltage Pictures’ civil complaint against 5,000 “John Does” for allegedly illegally downloading the film “The Hurt Locker." (Source: Public Domain)

About Hollywood Robbery

  • Crime Inc. goes inside the entertainment industry to meet some of the people losing their livelihood to piracy and also follows law enforcement trying to crack down on this seemingly victimless crime.

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