Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Now Showing: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Counterfeiters; Rip-Off: A Pirate Offers His Copies to Shoppers in Leyton, above and Left. the Cover of the Latest Indiana Jones, Right. Pirate DVDs Started to Appear Days after the Premiere

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Now Showing: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Counterfeiters; Rip-Off: A Pirate Offers His Copies to Shoppers in Leyton, above and Left. the Cover of the Latest Indiana Jones, Right. Pirate DVDs Started to Appear Days after the Premiere

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Byline: SHEKHAR BHATIA

THOUSANDS of pirated DVDs of Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of TheCrystal Skull, this summer's biggest blockbuster, are already on sale on thestreets of London.

Only days after the whip-cracking archaeologist's latest adventure was releasedonto our screens, the Evening Standard found counterfeiters hawking theirpirated copies of the film.

The Standard discovered the DVDs of the filmwhich cost the producer Paramount [pounds sterling]95 million to makeon sale near Leyton Underground Station in the Marshall Road shopping complex,outside Currys electrical store.

One trader said her suppliers deliver by van every day at 9am and that theDVDs, which cost between [pounds sterling]2 and [pounds sterling]3, are always popular.

Another trader, who was from Vietnam, added: "We have DVDs on sale all aroundLondon.

The police cannot stop us at all. I have been arrested and they just cautionedme and I am back. People want our DVDs and that is a fact." But a staff memberat Currys said: "They are a real pain and we have reported them to the police.We expect the officers to crack down on them soon." One shopper, Eileen,41, ofLeytonstone, said: "I have bought from these people in the West End before.

"Sometimes the DVDs can be quite good and very watchable but a lot of them arepoorly filmed and I just throw them into the bin.

"I have three children and I can't afford to take them to the cinema because itwould work out over [pounds sterling]40 and that's too much." The Indiana Jones DVD procured bythe Standard appeared to have been made in a French cinema. The opening creditswere in French and some of the actors' names did not fit the illicit copy.

However, the images were sharply in focus and the sound was reasonable.

Another pirate in Leyton asked: "You wanna buy Sex in the City? …

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