Jail terms for tourists buying pirate CDs in Greece?
Crackdown on the low tech stuff
Holidaymakers in Greece could face a spell in jail if they're caught buying pirate CDs, the BBC reports. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industries (IFPI) has warned that it will be pushing for prosecution of buyers of pirate CDs, and stressed: "This is not a symbolic measure."
Greece is top of the IFPI's hit list, with counterfeit sales equalling genuine ones at a claimed 10 million a year, and available for as little as €6. The IFPI's current trophy is a man jailed for three months for buying two counterfeit CDs last week, and who therefore serves as an awful example.
Having had little success in dealing with the vendors, the IFPI is now switching its efforts onto buyers, and with the Olympics coming up it surely can't be long before quantities of tourists end up in the slammer. ®
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