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FORT WORTH, Texas -- One hundred thirteen burners capable of copying one disc per minute were confiscated in the largest such pirating operation police have found in the Fort Worth area, officials said.

Narcotics officers who initially went to a south Fort Worth house expecting to find drugs Tuesday afternoon ended up spending hours lugging out boxes of equipment used for the unauthorized copying of CDs and DVDs.

Officers seized about 3,800 blank CDs and 7,000 blank DVDs, a pistol and about $5,000 in cash, said police Lt. Robert Rangel of the narcotics division.

Police arrested Isaac Charles Houston, 36; Orlando Roscoe Houston, 41; and James Henry Washington, 48, all of Fort Worth.

"With over 100 (burners) going all night, you can crank out quite a bit of counterfeit product both in CDs and DVDs," Gil Torrez, an investigator with the Recording Industry Association of America who was at the scene, said in a story Thursday in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's online edition.

Officers usually seize fewer than 10 burners during a bust, Torrez said.

RIAA statistics indicate that the profit margin for unauthorized copying can be as high as 900 percent. Torrez said counterfeiters can convert 25 cents worth of raw material into a product they can sell for $5 to $10 on the street.

A neighbor had called police complaining of a suspicious amount of traffic at odd hours at the house, Torrez said.

One person at the house consented to the police request to do a search.





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wow...fort worth is now just THAT much safer...

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wow...fort worth is now just THAT much safer...
so you think what these guys were doing is a-okay? ripping off thousands and thousands of movies , music, and games?
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so you think what these guys were doing is a-okay? ripping off thousands and thousands of movies , music, and games?
im not gonna get in some dumbass pissing match with you over it but no, i don't think its ok. damn sure don't consider it some big bust though.

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im not gonna get in some dumbass pissing match with you over it but no, i don't think its ok. damn sure don't consider it some big bust though.
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You buying movies from the Hajis over there? Or have you ever bought a movie from the stands? Not trying to point you out, but I've known a lot of people against it but they do it - knowingly or unknowingly. By "do it" buying pirated copies of movies..software..etc. Other than at a PX, not a single bit of software/movies...etc that I bought of flocal economies were official. (This was in most foreign countries that I've been to with US Bases nearby that were recently in a war/conflict) When you need something pronto though you don't have much choice.

I think what some people might be eluding to is resources put towards busting some geeks ripping off the recording industry - might be put to better use snatching killers, crackheads, and other people that actually create an unsafe living environment.

IMO, I'd agree 'cept for the article stated that it was reported by a neighbor. At that point they don't have much of a choice and it was probably an annoyance for just that 1 neighbor.

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You buying movies from the Hajis over there? Or have you ever bought a movie from the stands? Not trying to point you out, but I've known a lot of people against it but they do it - knowingly or unknowingly. By "do it" buying pirated copies of movies..software..etc. Other than at a PX, not a single bit of software/movies...etc that I bought of flocal economies were official. (This was in most foreign countries that I've been to with US Bases nearby that were recently in a war/conflict) When you need something pronto though you don't have much choice.

I think what some people might be eluding to is resources put towards busting some geeks ripping off the recording industry - might be put to better use snatching killers, crackheads, and other people that actually create an unsafe living environment.

IMO, I'd agree 'cept for the article stated that it was reported by a neighbor. At that point they don't have much of a choice and it was probably an annoyance for just that 1 neighbor.

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Ya, but the difference is that I'm not the one bitching about the police making arrests. This base has to approve everything proir to selling it. So, out here, it's legal because the governing authority says it is. Just like going to Amsterdam, the wacky tobbacky is legal, so... when in Rome

BTW, I never purchase from a haji store. Only AAFES. I will not support an unknown source. I have watched other people's movies, though.
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Narcotics officers who initially went to a south Fort Worth house expecting to find drugs Tuesday afternoon ended up spending hours lugging out boxes of equipment used for the unauthorized copying of CDs and DVDs.
Sounds to me like it wasn't an intentional bust on the studios of Tron.

And as far as the neighbor could tell, how many vehicles must have been going through there daily to make all that equipment and electrical bill profitable?

Cops don't just "raid" a house. They watch it, and run plates of cars that visit it. Chances are, a decent amount of those people going to that house probably had some other types of charges/convictions that made the police make the same assumption. .. drug house.

It just ended up not being the right assumption, but there was still illegal activity going on.

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What's the other choice when getting raided? "Keep it real" and end up with a bullet in your ass. Warrant + Raid - consent = pain.

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What's the other choice when getting raided? "Keep it real" and end up with a bullet in your ass. Warrant + Raid - consent = pain.
Warrant = Fuck consent.

If I understand correctly, when they have a warrant they don't have to stop and ask for consent to search. I didn't read anything that said the police had a warrant. It sounds like someone let them in just because they asked?

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Ya, but the difference is that I'm not the one bitching about the police making arrests. This base has to approve everything proir to selling it. So, out here, it's legal because the governing authority says it is. Just like going to Amsterdam, the wacky tobbacky is legal, so... when in Rome

BTW, I never purchase from a haji store. Only AAFES. I will not support an unknown source. I have watched other people's movies, though.
I could argue for the sake of arguing but we both "understand" the situation.

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