Lab raided in operation against sale, rental and distribution of
pirate movies in Mar del Plata
This action is part of the campaign conducted by the Motion Picture Association (MPA), the
Unión Argentina de Videoeditores (UAV) and the Asociación Argentina de Distribuidores
Cinematográficos (AADC) in Argentina, in the framework of their fight against piracy.
Thursday, October 30. On Monday, October 27, an important raid against an establishment that
sold, copied and distributed pirate movies to street vendors was conducted in the city of Mar del
Plata, Province of Buenos Aires.
The premises were located across the street from the Mar del Plata train station, a few blocks away
from the downtown area where street vendors peddle their pirate movies. The raid was conducted in
a two-storey building: the infringing material was sold on the ground floor and a prolific, large-
capacity duplication lab operated on the first floor.
Goods seized included close to 3,500 DVD-Rs ready for distribution and duplication, over 20 DVD
burners, computers, state-of-the art printers, cash and purchase orders, among other materials
necessary to carry out the illegal activities of duplication, sale and distribution of pirate DVDs.
One way of visualizing the impact and relevance of these actions is to measure turnover of this
illegal business on the basis of volume of sales. For example, each pirate copy is sold in the street
for between $7 and $10, which means that the goods seized amounted to approximately 35,000
pesos in sales. In turn, existence of 20 DVD burners shows that the illegal lab’s production and
distribution strength was significant as they could produce several hundred copies per day.
Income from sale of these pirate copies ($35,000 corresponding goods seized and the production
capacity represented by 20 burners) would have generated zero pesos in investments, would have
paid no taxes to the State, would have paid no contributions to the INCAA for support of the
national film industry and develo