1999 – The largest music bootleg bust in U.S. history was made in 1999.

1999 – The largest music bootleg bust in U.S. history was made in 1999. It was estimated that this one operation alone was responsible for $100 million in lost revenues. Recording equipment valued at $250000 was confiscated, as were almost 100000 CDs, over 110000 cassettes, 300000 blank CDs and 4 million CD and cassette labels. Artists are very aware of the bootleg business, and some like Aerosmith, Paul McCartney and Roy Orbison have issued their own “authorized” bootlegs.

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