MPAA Files Round Of Piracy Suits In L.A.

Actions include civil case vs. LAPD captain.

The Motion Picture Assn. of America (MPAA) has announced that it has filed 41 criminal cases and one major civil case relating to the sale of pirated DVDs in Los Angeles. The civil case involves an L.A. Police Department captain.

The criminal cases, filed today (Oct. 14) in conjunction with City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, have all been investigated by the L.A. Police Department. Charges range from illegal possession for sale of pirated DVDs, which can result in a punishment of up to one year in jail and/or a $250,000 fine, and illegal street sales, punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

Arrests have been made in many L.A. locales, including Santee Alley, Alameda Corridor and 6th Street between Bonnie Brae and Union Avenue.

In the civil case, the MPAA is charging LAPD Captain Julie Nelson and her boyfriend, Edward Monroy, with copyright infringement.

Last year, investigators seized 100 DVD burners and thousands of pirated discs at Nelson’s home and office and Monroy’s home. It is believed that Monroy was duplicating DVDs and Nelson was then selling them.

The MPAA says the motion picture industry loses about $4 billion each year due to piracy.