Movie Pirates Prey on Blu-ray
The counterfeit copies aren't 1080. However, what they lack in quality, they make up for in price.
We’re not talking about these kinds of pirates, but you could probably find this and many other titles on counterfeit high-def DVDs.
November 18, 2008 by Rachel Cericola

Movie pirates have Blu-ray in their sights. These aren’t eye-patch-wearing pirates, either. Instead, they are Asian pirates using software to copy Blu-ray so perfectly that neither of your eyes could catch it—but your wallet might.

According to the Wall Street Journal, a raid in the Chinese city of Shenzhen last month uncovered 800 faux Blu-ray titles ranging from “Transformers” to the new “Harry Potter.” The group was selling the knockoffs, complete with Blu-ray-styled cases,  for about $7 each.

The method to their madness involves AVCHD, which uses 720 horizontal lines of resolution instead of Blu-ray’s 1,080. Also, the copies are on regular DVDs instead of actual Blu-ray discs, which is another way to save a buck. However, most consumers can’t tell; they are too busy being blinded by their extra money.

Naturally, the Motion Picture Association (MPA) is freaking out. They could lose a bundle, saying that these discs could account for 10 percent of the $224 million losses they typically see from Chinese piracy. Even eBay is warning its customers to look for the counterfeit discs. One tip is that real Blu-rays hang onto your fingerprints a lot easier than the pirated discs. Still, you probably don’t need to do detective work just yet; the WSJ report says that the pirated discs have yet to make an appearance outside of Asia.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at

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