Italy's anti-piracy organization FPM reports a 122% increase in the number of illegal CD burners seized by law enforcement officers during the first six months of 2007.

In the first half, 1,651 CD-copying devices were confiscated vs. 743 in the first half of 2006.

According to FPM, an estimated 818,000 illegal CDs were impounded in the period, compared with 813,000 in the first half of 2006. At the same time, some 407,000 illegal music DVDs were confiscated, against 448,000 in the first semester of 2006.

Meanwhile, the organization reports a 24% drop in the number of arrests made, to 190 from 249. FPM attributes this to a tendency by illegal street vendors to flee, leaving their goods behind them, when law enforcement officers arrive at the scene.

The overwhelming majority of material was seized in the country's southern and central/southern regions. Of the 1.2 million units seized, almost half (540,000) were in Campania, the region that includes Naples. Lazio, the region that includes Rome, was responsible for 450,000 units and Sicily 150,000 units.

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