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Pirate Radio

KCRW’s The Business, hosted by Claude Brodesser-Akner, takes an in-depth look at the ways and means of movie theft on its July 16 broadcast.  The show goes out on the streets of downtown L.A. to purchase illegally camcorded DVDs of Spider-man 3, Knocked Up (it turns out to be Charlotte’s Web) and Ratatouille while they were still in movie theatres, and talks with a pirate DVD seller and finds out she takes in approximately $700 a day in illicit sales.

Guests:

Pierce O’Donnell: Founder of O’Donnell & Associates

Henry Cline: Veteran camera operator

Mike Robinson: Director of Anti-Piracy Operations for the MPAA

Patrick Corcoran: Director of Media and Research for the National Association of Theatre Owners

Rick Ishitani: Detective with the LAPD’s Anti-Piracy Unit