So the mafia is getting into the anime pirating business.

From ANN

Italian Police Confiscate 80,000 Pirated Anime DVDs
Italian police charged six people in the central region of Ancona and other areas for copyright violations in mass-producing and selling pirated DVDs and videos of Japanese animation. About 80,000 DVDs and one million euros (about US$1.4 million) were confiscated.

The suspect allegedly produced the pirated DVDs at three plants in the northern city of Bologna and elsewhere, for sale nationwide since 2005. An estimated 300,000 units were sold for three million euros (US$4 million).

Ray’s take: so the some of the family members are watching anime. How nice! Maybe they were watching Gungrave? Damn the police has the balls to bust up a anime mafia operation…Wow, I didn’t know there are anime mafias out there. Instead of using Tommy guns they’ll just hit the police with Neros Gundam

Author: Ray

I'm a hardcore Anime Fan and I'm proud of it. I know so many things and I've acquired so much knowledge you wouldn't believe. But my love is anime. I've been drifting in this world for so long that I don't even know what an anchor means. I've seen so many shows that I've lost count. The only thing I'm sure of myself is that I care for the lowly and disenfranchised. I hate the rich and powerful and I love what I do, or what I can do. I like anime and I don't mind watching different types of shows. I have experience in different types of Japanese animation. I would be called an "expert" in a bizzaro world. One day, I'd like to start a revolution. I love the US, pizza, beer, sashimi, Chinese food, and steak. But I love freshly baked bread more than a well-aged steak. In reality, if I were born Japanese I'd be a real, hardcore Otaku. I love to love and I can hate strongly. I'm passionate in nature and I don't mind shedding tears. I can be reached at rayyhum777 at animediet. My Twitter is rayyhum777 at twitter.

2 thoughts on “So the mafia is getting into the anime pirating business.

  1. I had no idea the mafia was so interested in anime. I figured all the bootlegs were sold by small time guys in Taiwan or Hong Kong. A triad would have made sense, but the mafia? Maybe if they ever make a “Sopranos” movie they can have the family business expand to sell cheap anime to otaku.

  2. It’s odd that this even happened. I can’t even imagine the Mafia giving a f%^k about anime and all.
    BTW, the government in China not so secretly endorses bootleg operation…man…

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