Our weekly listings of U.S. anti-piracy seizures (with some actions around the world) were culled from reporting by the Recording Industry of American Association (RIAA). They cover the years from 2002-2009. These reports are a small snapshot of the immense amount of work done by local law enforcement, working in tandem with the RIAA Anti-Piracy Unit, and, at times, district attorney offices, tasks forces, the U.S. Marshals Office, U.S. Secret Service and other government entities, both state and federal.
There were investigations and arrests of individuals running CD piracy operations out of their homes, stores and flea markets selling counterfeit sound recordings and other illegal merchandise, and larger piracy outfits with storage facilities and distribution centers.
Read about the illegal operations, raids, seizures, and punishments handed out for copyright violations.
While much of the illicit product in those days centered around counterfeit CD-Rs and cassettes, coordinated anti-piracy efforts continue today in the realm of digital piracy and counterfeit merchandise of all kinds.