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Pirate Tapes / Drugs In Music Industry #471663

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Jul 29, 1973
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(Studio) 2nd report on drugs in music industry deals with counterfeit stereo tapes and organized crime influence.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(Phoenix, Arizona) Flea mkts. source of legitimate and not so legitimate deals-. Girl working as undercover agent for recording industry buys up pirate tapes, rerecordings of hit recordings. Tapes are sold for much less and tapes are bought to gather evidence for prosecution. Occasionally, raids of pirate tapes slow down profit for booming illegitimate business. [During raid, REPORTER - asks how long Skip McFarland, pirate tape mfgr. ,has been in business.] [McFARLAND - says 5 or 6 years] [REPORTER - asks if McFarland aware he was violating federal and state laws.] [Laughingly, McFARLAND - says he wasn't aware.] [REPORTER - asks what he'll do next.] [McFARLAND intends to look for a job.] Small-time operators dominate pirate tape racket, but lately organized crime moves in. [Antipirating industry spokesperson Jules YARNELL - believes organized crime involved in counterfeit tapes and records are also involved in narcotics, pornography, untaxed cigarettes, fake perfume, and gunrunning. Pirate tapes mfgring. is giant criminal industry Possibly 1 out of 3 may be pirate tape.] Former pirate tape mfgr. got out of tape business when partner went into narcotics. Agreed to interview anonymously. [Former pirate DEALER - says it was easy to deal and transmit drugs through-tapes. Would simply place drugs inside cartridge and reseal them.] [REPORTER - asks how young know where to-get tapes-with heroin.] [DEALER - states by word of mouth certain albums would be described as a bargain but album wouldn't be in display case. Retailer would have cartridges behind counter.] [REPORTER - asks if dealer in contact with FBI or federal authorities.] [DEALER - says no, because these boys (organized crime) play rough.] Govt. playing rough too. Seizing and destroying pirates tapes and equipment. Mostly, small operator hurt. Organized crime hasn't felt crackdown yet. What began as record industry ripoff now involves major crime since heroin rather than music shipped in pirate tapes.
REPORTER: Betty Rollin (KTAR-TV film Phoenix, Arizona)

(Studio) Next report looks into millionaire rock stars' lives and men behind them.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

Reporter(s):
Utley, Garrick
Duration:
00:04:40

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