Bootlegger Arrested in Germany for Pirating Millions of Records and CDs
Published Nov 17, 2016While many naughty music fans enjoy illegally copying and disseminating music via the Internet, some prefer to do it the old-fashioned way. Take, for example, a 60-year-old man who was recently arrested for allegedly pirating between 1.5 and 2 million records, CDs and DVDs in southern Germany and Poland, making for the largest seizure of counterfeit music media Europe has seen in decades.
According to a police report, the man was arrested in Stuttgart, Germany, and could face up to five years in prison. It was reported that he had bootlegged albums from artists like Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles before selling them online and at record shows.
Police were tipped off about the man when a box containing 3,000 pirated items was discovered. This launched the investigation and led them back to the man's warehouse, which is pictured above.
The man was arrested in September and remains in custody.