Pirated movies have been a source of much headache for the film industry in the past decade, costing film makers and movie theaters around the country millions of dollars. But the effect of pirated movies trickles down even to the local business level.
"It not only kills the guy that's making the movie, it just keeps going down to us," says Joel Harris, owner of Box Office Video. "If you've noticed, video stores are a dying breed."
Harris also offers up a warning for would be movie buyers, knowingly purchasing a pirated movie is just as illegal as making one.
So how do you spot the difference?
For the most part, a real and fake DVD are almost identical, but there are two big differences, that become easy to spot once you know what to look for.
The first sign, is in the disk's label. If the label looks a little dull, or peels off easily, it's probably a screen print, which is a sure sign the disk is a fraud.
"The real way you can tell is the back," says Harris. If the back of your disk is blue, and it's not advertised as a blue ray disk, the copy is likely a pirated version.
Regardless of popular belief, it's actually easier than you might think to run into these fake DVDs.
"They're all over town," says Harris. "They show up in flea markets, they show up in bingo parlors..."
Pirated DVDs have even showed up at Walmart and similar supermarkets. The best way to avoid purchasing the wrong copy, is to open up the box and take a look at the disk inside.
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