Kim's busted for piracy
Bootlegs being crushed, after the good
ones went in their pockets, of course.
Police Raid Video Store in East Village in Piracy Case
By THOMAS J. LUECK
Published: June 10, 2005
A longtime fixture in the East Village, Mondo Kim's, a mecca for independent music and video at 6 St. Marks Place, was raided and closed for five hours on Wednesday by police officers who left with boxes filled with CD's, DVD's and computer equipment. Five store employees were charged with trademark counterfeiting.
According to several employees of the store, known widely for the its independent labels, and sometimes ornery staff, the police arrived about 1 p.m. on Wednesday, and ordered all customers to leave.
Then, all of the 20 or so clerks, managers and other employees who were working in the three-floor store, which sells DVD's, CD's, books and production equipment, were told to line up on the ground floor. The police quickly identified four men and one woman and led them away in handcuffs. They ordered everyone else to leave and searched the store until about 6 p.m., when officers filed out carrying boxes.
The police said yesterday that investigators had carried out a search warrant for counterfeit trademarked goods and that the material seized included nine computer towers, a CD burner, a laptop computer, 471 compact disks and 53 videos.
This place is one of the landmarks of the East Village.
My bet is that someone from one of the film companies realized they had a bootleg and called the cops.
Given how it is frequented by film industry people, if they're guilty, this was really, really stupid.
posted by Steve @ 12:06:00 AM