CRIME: The Film Clippers

It sounds like a story out of the Hollywood of 60 years or so ago: entrepreneurs operating with little more than a few thousand dollars worth of equipment and some space in a garage make fortunes distributing movies all over the world. In the cinema business of 1975, however, the people who fit this description are not producers but pirates, who steal prints of popular films and copy them for illegal sale.

In recent years dozens of bootleggers have been collecting up to $500 million annually that should have gone to major studios...

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