Anyone who’s lived in China for more than a couple weeks has likely amassed a pile of pirated DVDs.
Coming from Western countries where the prices are 15-30x more, it’s tough to throw even the worst ones away (I’ve still got my copy of Benchwarmers for Christ’s sake).
Getting them home is one of the things I’m continually asked about, and not one I have ever have a clear answer on. Though most China Post offices wont (knowingly) let you ship them out of the country, generally speaking stashing them in your luggage hasn’t traditionally been a problem.
That may be changing.
The dogs were trained over an eight month period to identify DVDs that may be located in boxes, envelopes or other packaging, as well as discs concealed amongst other goods which could be sold illegally in the UK. These DVDs are often smuggled by criminal networks involved in large scale piracy operations from around the world.
Though the article doesn’t indicate that these two canines are being put into the service of sniffing out baggage claim areas, it might not be long before it happens. More likely though, is that the dogs will be making their way to China soon enough, which may result in more difficulty getting new films.
And dammit if I’ve not nearly finished collecting all of Danny Boyle‘s films.
Lucky and Flo move on to the Philippines
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