Piracy at Motor City Comic Con: Dealers Charged

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  1. drippy

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    Yep
     
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    damn, never thought of stuff like that going on....only been to 1x comic con in my 24 years....

    there's one coming in the next few months, hopefully, there wont be stuff like this to screw it up.
     
  4. drippy

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    Music, games, and movies? What's a typical price?
     
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    Usually in-theater movies, pirated versions of overseas releases, old shows, and movie soundtracks. DVD's I usually see for between $10 and $50 dependign on the film, music was usually around $10. Those are usually the biggest offenders. I don't recall ever seeing pirated games, but I'm limited to the east coast. I'm personally surprised it's taken this long for them to try and put a stop to this kinda stuff. It's been going on for a long, long time.
     
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    The price on these things is what always kept me from buying anything, especially now that anyone with broadband and a little time can DL any of this stuff for free. Yeah, I'm going to buy all of Voltron for $65 when all you did was print some covers off at Kinkos and write the name on the DVD in Sharpie. Sure buddy sure.
     
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    Yeah, that was pretty funny. I didn't get there till the next day, but my friend had filled me in since he was there. Funny thing is even the next day they still had pirate videos, mostly japanese stuff. Motor City Comic Con is the worst con ever, t he guys that run it should have gotten arrested too since they allowed them to sell that stuff every other year.
     
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    Eh, I don;t think you can fault con organizers. It's not like they know for sure and check every booth for what is being sold.

    But Chicago Con was after this even and you could tell a noticably large amount of vacant tables due to no pirated items.
     
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    You could say the same thing Wizard World or just about any other comic convention.
     
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    Shit man, I used to go to the Motor city con all the time. Yeah, bootlegged stuff was pretty rampant there, so this doesn't surprise me.

    Edit: I really don't think the Motor city con was anywhere near as large as some of those other cons you guys are referring to.
     
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    Forgive my ignorance, but isn't that one of the primary things a con organizer does and is responsible for?
     
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    It was funny as hell and about time. There where way to many of the bootleg dealers at the Con. They had sent under cover guys in to spot out the tables and then sent in the officers to arrest them so they couldnt hide their merchindise.
     
  13. adamthered

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    I remember when this story broke. The organizers of these cons have the dealers sign an agreement stating they won't bring this stuff in for sale. It's then up to the dealers to abide by that agreement. If they don't and get in trouble, like at the Motorcity Con, the organizers can't be blamed for it because they''ve CYAed themselves with those agreements.
     
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    I know, I just hate the organizers of the Motor City Con, so that was my biased opinion.
     
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    I'm not afraid to admit I boosted stuff from a bootleggers table at a botcon a number of years back.

    I was just trying to keep things fair, see.
     
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    Lol, stealing from theives. Novel concept.
     
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    Heroes con had a few tablles of straight up bootlegs also.
     
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    Your ignorance is forgiven.

    A con organized doesn't know exactly what any dealers are selling until the actual tables are set up. All you have to supply as a dealer is your name, location, and cash for the table. And I'm pretty sure that the organizers have a clause in the registration forms that negates them from all responsibility of whta dealers are selling anyway.
     

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