Greek authorities and the local IFPI affiliate last week destroyed four tons of pirated CDs in Athens, Greece. The discs had been seized in more than 2,600 raids, which had been carried out over the p

Greek authorities and the local IFPI affiliate last week destroyed four tons of pirated CDs in Athens, Greece. The discs had been seized in more than 2,600 raids, which had been carried out over the past year in the Greek capital.

Constantinos Polyzogopoulos, director of the state-run Hellenic Copyright Organization, said "it's time consumers understand that buying a pirate CD is an illegal action and is punishable according to the penal code."

Polyzogopoulos explained that music piracy is today an integral part of organized crime.

IFPI Greece director Panos Theofanellis says the large number of confiscated CDs only highlights the proportions the problem has taken.

The trade body claims the Greek legal system is showing leniency towards the culprits.

According to the Greek IFPI affiliate, the sale of illicit music CDs is costing the Greek government €150 million ($178 million) in annual losses.

In efforts to stem the pirate trade, IFPI Greece has called on the police to impose the so-called administrative fine. This on-the-spot fine has already been introduced in Italy.

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