harm that has been done by bootleg movie downloads is unprecedented.
Records indicate that disc and tape forgery accounts for a sizeable
loss in revenue. An area of grave concern is that illegal copies of
movies are flooding the internet. Bootleg downloads have hit the
entertainment industry hard. It has encouraged commercial piracy to a
great extent, and it has come as a great blow to creative ideas and
The United States entertainment industry is worried that
there has been a steady growth of disc bootlegging. The ambiguous
system that facilitates entry of bootleg movies to the market is
complex. It is lucrative as well. Commercial pirates earn huge amounts
through this nepharious process. In the absence of strict laws, the
risk involved is minimal allowing bootleggers to pocket thousands of
dollars a week.
Bootlegged movies move globally with the aid of
an intricate and surreptitious channe1. First, a movie is clandestinely
recorded with a camcorder while up for public viewing in a theater. The
recording is then transferred to a computer and placed online, The
master copy is handed over to a manufacturer either in the form of a
DVD or electronically. The manufacturer makes copies from the discs
that are made available for a fee to a network of distributors. These
distributors sell them to teams of peddlers.