Thanks to fellow bruncher and AC.ca lurker Ed Wong for passing on news of a raid on Pacific Mall by police last weekend. Apparently over 150,000 pirate DVDs were seized at the mall and other suburban locations.
I had taken Al Howell up to Pacific Mall for his first visit a couple of weekends ago, and even I was taken aback at the blatant peddling of pirated discs. At least three booths were lined wall to wall with DVDs stacked on spindles, with another stack of empty cases ready and waiting at the cash register.
Still, one sound bite from the CTV story is especially irritating. If police want to “send a message” to DVD bootleggers, then mission accomplished. But by buying such goods, aren’t us common folk also sending the message to the studios that their wares are overpriced?