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German police seize millions of counterfeit CDs and vinyl in biggest heist in decades

German police seize millions of counterfeit CDs and vinyl

'Boom,' said German authorities last night, 'boom.'

Last night, between 1.5 and 2 million bootleg vinyl and CDs were seized in Southern Germany and Poland, making it the biggest heist in decades.The likes of Led Zeppelin, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones were among those who had their music pirated and sold at record fairs and online.

A document from the Landeskriminalamt (state police officer) in Baden-Württember describes the presumed bootlegger - a 60-year-old German man in Stuttgart - having been arrested in September and remains in custody. He will face up to five years in prison.

The Landeskriminalamt was assisted by the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (Federal Music Industry Association), who represent around 250 music companies and record labels. BVMI managing director Florian Drücke said in an interview: “The demand for vinyl has increased considerably again, and takes a market share of around four percent in Germany. It’s a niche which has become hip again.”

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