Russian police seize first batch of pirated Blu-ray discs

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MOSCOW, March 4 (RIA Novosti) - Police in Moscow have seized for the first time in Russia a batch of pirated Blu-ray discs, the chief of Moscow's economic crime department said on Wednesday.

In a two-day operation, police seized over 1 million Blu-ray discs worth over 100 million rubles ($2.8 million).

"Two large warehouses and over 20 distribution points, storing and selling pirated Blu-ray discs...were uncovered," Filipp Zolotnitsky said.

He said that the Blu-ray discs seized contained films in the DVD format, some of them of a low quality. He also noted that the discs could be viewed only on a PC, and not on Blu-ray players. Pirates sold the discs for 1,000 rubles ($28), while licensed discs go for over 1,500 rubles ($42).

A total of 20 people, including the suspected manufacturers and sellers of the discs, were detained. A criminal case has been launched.

The Blu-ray technology uses a "blue" (technically violet) laser to read and write data. Genuine Blu-ray discs can have a capacity of up to 50GB, almost six times the capacity of a two-layer DVD and were created mainly to store high-definition video and audio.

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