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Old 04-03-07, 10:20 AM
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Dogs uncover 50,000 pirated DVDs

pardon if this is a dup but I thought this was kind of cool.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17926130/from/ET/

Dogs sniff out 50,000 bootleg DVDs
Labradors sniff out chemical used in disks in third successful raid
The Associated Press
Updated: 8:52 a.m. ET April 3, 2007
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Two trained Labradors have sniffed out 50,000 bootleg DVDs in their third success since being deployed last month in Malaysia’s mounting anti-movie piracy crackdown, a senior official said Tuesday.

Five people also were arrested in the raids late Monday in two outlets in Damansara Utama, a suburb near Malaysia’s largest city of Kuala Lumpur, said Motion Picture Association of America senior operations executive Neil Gane.

Malaysia is among the world’s top illegal movie disc producers and exporters, according to the MPAA and the U.S. government. It is also one of 36 countries on a U.S. watch list of serious copyright violators.

The black Labradors, Lucky and Flo, are on loan to Malaysia from the MPAA, whose members include top Hollywood studios Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox and Universal. The MPAA said its members lost $1.2 billion to Asia-Pacific movie pirates in 2006.

The dogs, trained to sniff a chemical used in discs, were pressed into service on March 13 and won acclaim when they helped uncover 1 million pirated DVDs, CDs and computer game discs worth $2.8 million in an office complex in the southern city of Johor on March 19.

Another successful raid on Saturday in Kuala Lumpur netted 150,000 pirated discs.

The Labradors may head for another Asian nation after their one-month stint ends, Gane said, without elaborating. The Malaysian government has said it will evaluate whether to employ its own dogs.


Movie pirates reportedly have a placed a bounty on Lucky and Flo.

Gane said the MPAA was “taking the threat seriously” and was “factoring the threat when planning operations.”

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I wonder what they had to do to get this dogs to be hooked on this chemical.
Old 04-03-07, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by BuddhaWake
I wonder what they had to do to get this dogs to be hooked on this chemical.
They start off by slipping a bit of chemical into the dog's Kibbles'n'Bits ...

Dogs are trained to respond to/seek out particular scents, much like any other dog training. Dogs have been trained to sniff out bombs, drugs, even cancer in people!
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Originally Posted by BuddhaWake

Movie pirates reportedly have a placed a bounty on Lucky and Flo.

Well, we know where kvrdave is headed.

Probably going to use the bounty to buy some land or something...
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Originally Posted by BuddhaWake
It is also one of 36 countries on a U.S. watch list of serious copyright violators.
I wonder if they are going to do anything in Mexico City. When I visited there, I have seen zillion pirated movie DVDs, VCD, etc... all over on the sidewalk and stores (yes, STORES).
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I'm glad they're using the dogs to solve important crimes like this, and not stuff like murder or rape, or anything.
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Originally Posted by Iron Chef
I'm glad they're using the dogs to solve important crimes like this, and not stuff like murder or rape, or anything.

I am glad they are the MPAA's dogs and not some law enforcement unit.
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I'm glad my job isn't training dogs to smell rape.
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Think of the perks!
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Smells like rape in here.
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Originally Posted by Iron Chef
I'm glad they're using the dogs to solve important crimes like this, and not stuff like murder or rape, or anything.
Friggin' useless MPAA should spend more time solving murders and less time going after movie pirating rings.
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So I'm planning a vacation, where are the other top pirated dvd areas?
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I thought they ate dogs in Malaysia.
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Originally Posted by DVD Polizei
I thought they ate dogs in Malaysia.
They have McDonald's there?
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What do you think the "D" in McD stands for.
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Man that's a lot of bootlegs.
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I'm glad my job isn't training dogs to smell rape.
Friggin' useless MPAA should spend more time solving murders and less time going after movie pirating rings.


By the way--total impact on world pirating market these raids had: 0.00000000000000000000000001%
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I'm not by any means passing judgement (ok, yes I am), but I'm pretty sure 9 out of 10 homes in Malaysia are used to warehouse 50,000 illegal something or others, be it people, drugs, DVD's, CD's, electronic equipment, etc. So I doubt those dogs really sniffed anything out that wasn't already known or suspected to be there in the first place.

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Unfortunately, they were 50,000 copies of Norbit.

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