People turn blind eye to DVD piracy
Eight out of 10 people in the East Midlands "turn a blind eye" to novice criminals who cost DVD retailers and cinemas millions of pounds each year, according to new statistics.
The research has revealed that as many as one in three people between the ages of 16 and 24 know someone who can supply them with pirate copies of hit films and television shows, but the vast majority decide not to report them to Trading Standards.
Seven per cent of school children claimed to be in contact with a counterfeit suppliers, but a spokesman for Northamptonshire Trading Standards said fewer than 50 people reported incidents of counterfeiting in the county throughout the whole of 2006.
Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for community safety Liz Tavener said: "Counterfeit DVDs often appear to be a bargain but are frequently bad quality and a waste of money.
"The sale of counterfeit goods is not just about the effect on consumers, it also affects legitimate traders such as cinemas or DVD hire shops and retailers."
One in four people in total throughout the region know someone who regularly sells fakes to friends, family and workmates.