Montréal and DVD Piracy

FromUnited Press International:
TORONTO, Dec. 11 (UPI) — Canada is the newest enemy in the film industry's war against piracy and Montreal is the No. 1 city in the world for illegal recording of feature films.
Ninety percent of illegal DVDs being sold are the result of a camcorder recording straight off a cinema screen, Serge Corriveau of the Canadian Motion Picture Distribution Association told Variety. He said 40 percent to 50 percent of the camcorded DVDs are made in Montreal.
Because movies are released in French and English in Montreal, it gives pirates a leg up on the European market, Corriveau said.
While the duplication is done in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver have become major players in the bootleg black market.
Variety said 40,000 pirated DVDs were seized in Canada last year. So far this year, the number is around 500,000.


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