Chasing Shadows

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Counterfeiting persists despite official efforts to stamp it out.

Bob Youill describes himself as the kind of guy who likes to "run around with his hair on fire." For 20 years the tall, rangy Englishman did pretty much that, hunting down triad gangs while serving as a police detective in Hong Kong. After retiring from the force in 1997, he found just the job to keep his adrenaline on high burn. The title sounds innocuous enough: regional coordinator for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). But that obscures the severity of the work: busting illegal CD factories across Asia—and still chasing triad gangsters. One important difference is...

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