"Piracy is still an incredibly difficult problem to deal with. Piracy has become global. This is not just a group of guys in a garage trying to make a buck with a few decks. There are enormous pirate exports around the world. The production capacity is staggering and organized crime is playing a growing role. Pirate production has topped 500 million. The value is $4-5 billion. There is no indication it is declining.
Piracy is a mobile phenomenon. Once we began to disrupt the supply line between Asia and Paraguay that was servicing Brazil, we found the pirates ended up putting in two covert plants in Paraguay. One had been disassembled from Hong Kong. In Britain what turned out to be the largest credit card fraud ring was a Russian Mafia operation that started with pirated CDs" said Jay Berman, music's global crime buster who heads the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI)..." NULL