The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors yesterday approved a new ordinance designed to hold property owners accountable for the manufacture and sale of pirated music and movies on their premises.

The ordinance expands the definition of nuisance properties to include those that are used to illegally manufacture and sell recordings and audiovisual works.

"This ordinance gives new teeth to a comprehensive effort to reduce counterfeiting and piracy -- which costs thousands of local jobs and millions of dollars in revenue -- throughout the city and county," says Mitch Bainwol, RIAA chairman/CEO. "We thank Supervisor Yaroslavsky for his continuing leadership on these issues, as well as the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors and county counsel for their efforts."

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