Bootleggers Try to Throw Dogs Off Scent

According to Fahmi Kassim, the Domestic Trade Ministry's enforcement chief in Maylaysia's southern Johor state, movie pirates are spraying chemicals on their bootleg DVDs to confuse Lucky and Flo, two U.S.-loaned female Labradors who have been trained to detect polycarbonate chemicals and this month helped Malaysian authorities sniff out nearly 1 million illegal discs. Ministry authorities last week said the dogs were moved to a safe house after a source informed them that DVD and CD pirates were offering a bounty to anyone who could kill the dogs, which are on loan for at least a month from the Motion Picture Association of America. Fahmi declined to say whether Lucky and Flo were still in Johor, citing security reasons. However, the dogs have not taken part in any raids in Johor since last week's effort, he said.

Malaysia is among the world's main producers and exporters of pirated discs, the U.S. government and the MPAA have said. According to the Malaysian government, 5 million discs were seized in more than 2,000 raids nationwide last year, and 780 people were arrested. Malaysian officials have said they will consider training their own canines to perform similar tasks.

News source: Physorg

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You spelled Malaysia wrong, by the way. On topic, this is not the first time a bounty is offered for a dog's heads. Another dog has a bounty by Columbian Cartels who found drugs and such. As for the crackdown on piracy, it is now very hard to find a pirated game at major shopping malls and many shops have closed down. In a way, I'm glad piracy is not that rampant but I'm peeved by the fact that finding original programs isn't as easy. Price wise, they're also too expensive for the average Malaysian. They should lower the price to really take advantage of it.

Scirwode

They should bring in a law stating that anyone found guilty of boot legging copyrighted goods will serve a minimum of 25 years in jail.

Don't bother with the Dogs just sift through all the suspected large items, they would lead the authorities back to the source.

werejag said,
and all companies adding anti customer protections should be burned to the ground with the execs inside.


that sound good also.

You miss the point, jail in the far east doesnt come with en suite bathroom, 4 square meals, internet access, a guard to tuck you in at night and a sony play station or free pr0n, those prisons out there are harsh.

I guess bootleg is going to be like drugs... but drug smugglers knows not to bring it through airport check poins..

Ministry authorities last week said the dogs were moved to a safe house after a source informed them that DVD and CD pirates were offering a bounty to anyone who could kill the dogs, which are on loan for at least a month from the Motion Picture Association of America.

This is got to be one of the craziest sentences I have ever read in my life... Hits on dogs and doggy safe houses. I dunno, the mental image I get from that sentence is like one of those action triller movies, with armed guards with machine guns patrolling the premises, and the bad guys with silencers.

Wow, and I thought it was not possible for human beings to sink to a new low... Putting out a hit on a DVD sniffing dog? Give.me.a.break. :mad:

I wonder if the safehouse for the dogs is a doghouse, or an actual house

cause it wouldn't be too hard to spot a house where its owned by the dogs

but seriously, offering a bounty for killing the dogs, that just makes me sad. especially when they are labs