Middletown Times Herald Record
I of every 3 tapes bootlegged
October 30, 1974
The United States Attorney’s Office says one out of every three tape cartridges is as hot as the Watergate recordings although considerably less earth-shaking.
Chet Brown, an assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles, recently won conviction against a man named Richard Taxe in a multimillion dollar tape bootlegging operation trial.
Taxe was sentenced last month to four years in prison and fined $26,000.
“The case is important,” said Brown, “because it may help us get convictions from other tape pirates. It’s a nationwide problem.
“Every top recording star and group in the country is pirated.
The process is rather simple.
The bottlegger buys an album or a tape, records it over and over again on other tapes, slaps a different label on inferior cartridges and sells them for the genuine article.
Brown said the bogus recordings are sold at swap meets, filling stations, discount -houses and in legitimate record stores.
“It’s a $250 million business,” he said. “And one out of three tapes is pirated.