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Cops Bust 'Hannah Montana' Movie Pirates, Find Huge Stash of Bootlegs

Couple Arrested for Filming Hannah Montana Movie, Cops Find Pirate StashTwo years ago a 19-year-old was busted for recording a few seconds of the ending of the 'Transformers' movie, supposedly so that her little brother could see it. There was a lot of public debate, but it certainly seemed like the girl, Jhannet Sejas, was being made a scapegoat. Since then, there have been plenty of other folks prosecuted for similar offenses, but the latest one is a bit more spectacular; when Baltimore police arrested an area couple this weekend for recording 'Hannah Montana: The Movie,' they were lead to the recovery of a stash of modern pirate booty.

The couple, Gerardo Arellano and Maribel Fernandez, were caught in a South Barrington movie theater using a camcorder to record the movie, according to the Baltimore Sun. A search of their home by police uncovered a DVD duplication machine that they were using to pump out thousands of copies of bootleg movies. Police uncovered 44,000 copied CDs and DVDs. While we're not exactly sure of the legal ramifications of that many instances of copyright violation, we're guessing that numerous years in jail and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines are in order. Ouch. [From: BaltimoreSun.com]

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