Project supported by MPAA.
Two black Labradors, Lucky and Flo, are the latest additions to the fight against piracy. They have completed their eight-month training to uncover DVDs and other discs that pirates may be smuggling into the United Kingdom with other goods in boxes, envelopes and other packaging.
During their first major live test, the canines were put to work at FedEx's U.K. hub at Stansted Airport and were immediately successful in identifying packages and parcels containing DVDs for destinations in the country.
The project was launched by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), FedEx and HM Revenue & Customs as part of a project promoted by the Motion Picture Assn. of America.
"This is the first time dogs have been used anywhere in the world to search for counterfeit DVDs, and the results were amazing," said Raymond Leinster, director general of FACT. "With the cooperation and assistance of FedEx and customs, we were able to properly test the dogs in a real life situation and prove that they can work in a busy airport environment."
"While all were legitimate shipments on the day, our message to anyone thinking about shipping counterfeit DVDs through the FedEx network is simple: you're going to get caught," said FedEx U.K. managing director Trevor Hoyle.