BUSTED: UK company is raided for fake vinyl production


This is pretty interesting:

https://www.securingindustry.com/fake-vinyl-record-pressing-plant-busted-in-uk/s112/a8989/#.XEXrXVxK...

I wonder how much start-up costs there were with this and what their return on investment would be?  Seems to me, this is a very hard way to make money...
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Showing 2 responses by whart

Those record counterfeiting cases weren't that common even in the heyday of vinyl. The Sam Goody case is pretty famous. There was also a practice of 'backdooring'- legit plant making legit copies for whatever label presses more than required and 'back doors' them through illicit sales channels.
Hard goods piracy in the record business was on the decline given the market for digital, though I'm sure there were counterfeit CDs, DVDs, etc. The focus of the industry was very much on Internet file sharing, and mainly in the civil, not criminal realm. Post-9/11- also not real easy to get the Feds interested in much unless it was really egregious. 
And, of course, that business was the domain of the wise guys in the US. 
Good post there, @chronoglidesky. I think there are 4  pre-war copies of Skip James' Devil Got My Woman, only one of which is in good playing condition and has been used for a number of the transcriptions.
Thanks for adding more detail to the Wales situation.