Two warehouses harboring allegedly illegal optical-disc operations were raided yesterday (May 13) in Atlanta, according to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

Two warehouses harboring allegedly illegal optical-disc operations were raided yesterday (May 13) in Atlanta, according to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

The MPAA says eight people were arrested in connection with the raids, and that more than 200,000 DVDs and CDs were seized. The move followed an investigation by the FBI and the Atlanta Police Department.

"These efforts send a strong message that such crimes will not be tolerated," said John G. Malcolm, senior VP and director of worldwide anti-piracy operations for the Motion Picture Association, the MPAA's international counterpart. "Many of the individuals engaging in piracy are participants in sophisticated, broad-ranging and well-organized criminal conspiracies -- and it is not simply harmless fun and a victimless crime."

The MPAA says that it loses more than $3.5 billion in potential revenue annually due to illegally replicated discs. Authorities seized more than 52 million illegal optical discs worldwide in 2003, the organization says.