HARRY POTTER AND
THE PIRATE VIDEOS
Copyright 2001 www.tombraiderchronicles.com
[ November 19th 2001 ]
copies of the record-breaking Harry Potter motion
picture have flooded the famous Barras market
in Glasgow where counterfeiters are charging five
U.K pounds for illegal copies of the fantasy adventure
movie based on JK Rowling's children's books.
Barras market came under the spotlight last year
when poor quality counterfeit copies of Lara Croft
Tomb Raider, Blow and Evolution found their way
onto stalls. One stallholder boasted: "We can
get you anything that's showing at the pictures.
We're just like the Odeon."
and trading officers have mounted massive raids
at the Barras to curb the booming counterfeit
trade. One trading standards officer said: "You
can tell the copies are counterfeit. The covers
are poor photocopies of posters for the film.
Wait until it comes out in the pictures because
you'll only be lining crooks' pockets.
confronted, one stallholder denied she was selling
fakes. She said: "I don't know what you're talking
about. We don't want any problems. We're here
every week selling videos and we only selling
the best. If you're unhappy with them come back
and I'll give you a refund."
at the Barras said they didn't worry about buying
counterfeit videos. One said: "I can't see what
harm buying pirate versions does. Nobody gets
hurt doing it." But a spokesman for Glasgow City
Council's Trading Standards Department disagreed,
he said: "The studios lose a fortune to the pirates.
If we don't stamp them out, there'll be no money
for companies to make movies."