Studios seek backup vs. Canadian piracy


The major studios are enlisting local police and politicians to tackle a surging market in bootleg Hollywood movie DVDs in Toronto malls.

Stephen Covey, director of anti-piracy operations for the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Assn., said the CMPDA requires help from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and other authorities to stop a hard-core group of vendors who openly sell bootleg DVDs.

"We've taken it as far as we can, and now we need the government and police to move and clear them out," Covey said.

During the next two weeks, CMPDA officials will be joined by representatives of the major studios and video retailers to take their case to local authorities. (partialdiff)