Crime gangs put PS30k bounty on sniffer dogs trained to find pirated DVDs!

December 4th, 2008 - 5:16 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Dec 4 (ANI): A pair of pooches trained at finding pirated DVDs face a 30,000 pounds bounty on their heads put forward by crime gangs.

The two sniffer dogs, Lucky and Flo, both black Labrador Retrievers, have been trained to detect ”optical discs” by scent, and they have been very successful at their work so far.

Now the Malaysian organised crime gangs, suffering from the work of the duo, have put a price on their heads.

The two dogs contribution is said to be largest ever collaboration on anti-piracy in the UK, and it is first, involving the Metropolitan Police, the Motion Picture Association and the UK Film Council among others.

The aim of the organisation is to make London a fake free zone by the time of the 2012 Olympics.

Higher Education and Intellectual Property Minister David Lammy helped launch the initiative.

Legislation alone will not combat counterfeiting and piracy, the Telegraph quoted him as saying.

Good law is great but enforced law is better. The Fake Free London campaign sends a clear message that we are all serious about tackling this problem.

This partnership will ensure that consumers, legitimate businesses and their employees are protected from those that choose to break the law, he added.

Copyright theft cost the film and television industries 486 million pounds in 2007. (ANI)

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