LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has filed a civil lawsuit seeking to stop memory card music piracy in downtown Los Angeles. The lawsuit is believed to be the first civil enforcement action for memory card piracy by a prosecutor in the United States. "Music piracy undermines one of L.A.'s signature industries, robbing our workforce of precious jobs, depriving our city of needed tax revenue and frustrating artists' creativity," said Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. "My office is committed to aggressively rein in this serious crime."
“Criminals know that it’s easier than ever to load thousands of songs on a digital storage device like memory cards and sell them for a significant profit. This is no petty crime – it’s illegal for good reason: it threatens music business jobs and damages the important cultural and economic footprint of the music community throughout Los Angeles,” said Marcus Cohen, Vice President, Anti-Piracy Field Investigations, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). “That’s why actions like this by the LA City Attorney’s Office are so important. It helps send a strong message to would-be criminals that this type of illicit practice won’t go unpunished. We appreciate the efforts of the office and thank them for their great work.”
Defendant Leopoldo Lara, 29, is named in the lawsuit alleging unfair business practices including the repeated sale of counterfeit and pi