RIAA Steps Up CD Seizures

The number of unauthorized CDs confiscated by the Recording Industry

Association of America "skyrocketed" last year, according to a report

released this week by the music trade group. Almost 350,000 pirated CDs

(duplications of legitimate discs) and counterfeit CDs (duplications of

legit discs along with accompanying artwork) were seized, up 163 percent

from 1997. As the market in recordable CDs has expanded, so has the RIAA's

anti-piracy activity in that realm. Last year, more than 100,000 pirated,

counterfeit and bootleg (featuring unauthorized, unreleased work)

recordable CDs were confiscated, up from just 450 the year before, the

report said.