Police Arrest Bootleg Music Distributor

Published: 2004-07-12
It would appear that the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) has more to worry about than people sharing music on the internet. At a retail event on June 13 43 year old Hamilton resident Victor Joseph Patrick Avalis was arrested for possessing several hundred bootleg copies of live concerts by musicians from Canada and some well known international artists. At the time of his arrest Avalis had in his possession:

1,140 DVDs
1,570 VHS tapes
340 CDs
50 audiocassettes
5 CDRs

One other vendor fled the scene and two others voluntarily relinquished their products and were released with a warning.

Among the artists Avalis had taped were:

Shania Twain
The Guess Who
Jann Arden
Avril Lavigne
Bryan Adams
Neil Young
Tragically Hip
Barenaked Ladies
The Rolling Stones
Guns 'n' Roses
The Who
Bruce Springsteen

With the thousands of bootleg copies from concerts in his possession, Avalis was only charged with five counts of copyright infringement.

Understandably the artists who had their concerts taped were upset over the discovery. Professional musicians work very had to create a show for their fans, and when a CD or DVD is made the artist strives for the best possible quality product he or she can create. Concerts that are taped by members of the audience are of an inferior quality. As a result these copies reflect badly on the artist even though the artist is unaware of the copies.

Avalis will appear in court on July 22.

Writer: Sherrill Fulghum



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