MAFIAA wants warrantless searches of CD and DVD factories

The MPAA and RIAA are pushing California legislation that would allow police to search optical disc duplication plants without a warrant; the bill's passed two state senate committees.

"The crime of illegal mass reproduction of music and movies is a serious problem. Last year alone, more than 820,000 illegal discs were seized by law enforcement authorities in California," state Sen. Alex Padilla, a Los Angeles-area Democrat and author of the legislation, said in a statement. "Fraudulent CDs and DVDs undermine our economy and California's role as a global leader in music and film. They steal revenue from artists, retailers, and our entertainment sector."

RIAA Legislation: No Warrant Required to Search, Seize Optical-Disc Plants