Star Wars bootleg raids

This morning, the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) have carried out nationwide raids mainly to recover bootleg copies of the latest Star Wars movie.

Early reports suggest that a thousand DVD bootlegs have been confiscated along with an unknown quantity of VCD or SVCD discs.

With only two days left before the film's worldwide release, early estimates now suggest that up to 1 million people will have seen the film on an illegal copy before it hits the cinema. While it is thought that this will not have a major effect on theatrical revenues, it's a different matter for home video and DVD sales which are likely to be badly effected if high-quality bootlegs become widely available.

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