In arresting a man wanted in a domestic dispute on Friday, October 24, San Francisco police discovered a cache of 101 pirated movies on DVD, many of which are still playing in theaters, in the man’s car.
On that date, police had been alerted about a domestic dispute between a man and a woman in a white convertible at 47th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard. When the officers stopped the driver, they saw two open cardboard boxes filled with DVDs on the back seat. The DVDs were packaged with theatrical covers, probably reproduced from photographing the film’s advertising poster, making them look genuine, and were intended for sale. All of the DVDs were pirated copies, produced from videotaping screenings at theaters. Among the DVDs were “Intolerable Cruelty,” “Kill Bill, Vol. 1,” and “Mystic River,” all currently in theatrical release.
Taken into custody was Jeffrey Walker, 40, of San Jose. He faces charges of forgery, as well as a suspended license. Walker has been since released on bail.
Pirating of movies is another area of the ever-widening circle of fraud that investigators must contend with. Legislation is expected in early 2004 that would make it illegal to tape a movie while it is being screened in a theater.
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Inspector Marty Dito