Man arrested for bootleg DVDs, CDs

August 8, 2008 12:53:29 PM PDT
A 20-year-old San Jose man was arrested in South San Francisco after being found to be in possession of more than 750 counterfeit DVDs and CDs, police said.

Agustin Alvarez was approached by a bike patrol officer at about 3:30 p.m. in a shopping center in the 200 block of Hillside Boulevard. Alvarez admitted to selling the bootleg merchandise and was arrested July 31 on felony charges of selling illegal DVDs and CDs and for misrepresentation of trademarks, according to police.

He was taken into custody and booked into the Redwood City Main Jail.

Some of the movies Alvarez had were still in theaters and had not been released on DVD, police said. The Motion Picture Association of America was contacted and they verified the items were counterfeit.

Movie and music companies lose millions of dollars each year due to counterfeit products, and sellers of bootlegs can make an average of $5,000 a week, according to the association.


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