Europe’s largest illegal music press raid

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BERLIN – An illegal music pressing plant thought to be the biggest in Europe has been shut down by in .

“Significant” numbers of pirated CDs and vinyl records were seized, as well as DVDs, authorities have said.

prosecutors are investigating an unidentified individual after raiding several properties in the southwest of the country.

CDs remain popular in where vinyl sales are also growing rapidly.

CEO, BVMI Florian Drucke, the head of the German federal music industry , BVMI, said “with a market share of about 70%, high demand for CDs in is evident not only in the legitimate .

“But unfortunately also on the illegal market”.


BVMI’s anti-piracy work with the International Recording Industry , IFPI, and intellectual property , proMedia, prompted to investigate the illegal factory, according the Hollywood reporter.

Praising the work of the prosecutor and the , Drucke said the raid had “enabled to pull the plug on the largest-ever undercover pressing plant for music records in Europe”.

“The equipment found here demonstrates once again that this is not the work of petty criminals,” he added, “but of professional organisations whose criminal activities inflict massive damage on artists and the recording industry”.

The IFPI’s antipiracy , Jeremy said the plant’s closure showed that “while digital piracy makes the headlines, the industry also continues to take action against those who illegally make money through the manufacture, distribution and sale of unlicensed physical media”. (BBC/NAN)