Two Mesa men were arrested on suspicion of selling repackaged DVDs and CDs after private investigators from the Motion Picture and Recording Industry associations of America caught them illegally selling them from a city street corner, police said.
Jesus Munoz-Ortiz, 40, and Estaban Mendez Trejo, 36, who were allegedly selling their repackaged goods at Mesa Drive and Marilyn Avenue, were arrested late Saturday on suspicion of selling and distributing copied or pirated audio and audiovisual recordings.
The pair was operating their resale businesses about 5 feet apart from each other, according to a Mesa police report.
Both trade associations allege that Trejo and Munoz-Ortiz were participating in piracy, the unauthorized copying or use of copyrighted materials without permission. If convicted, the offense is punishable under state and federal laws, according to information from the Recording Industry Association of America and the Motion Picture Association of America.
Trejo had 54 music compact discs and seven digital video discs in his possession. Trejo said he paid $2.50 for each recording and was selling them for $5 each, but said he did not know he was selling them illegally, according to the police report.
Munoz-Ortiz, who also was selling CDs, admitted to authorities he knew they were illegal to sell, but he was selling them because he was unable to work because of an injury, according to the police report.
The private investigators told police they could tell the men were illegally selling the CDs and DVDs because of the way they were packaged and wrapped. The materials being sold were in resealed packages, according to the police report.
Both trade organizations are based in Washington, D.C., and continually investigate and crack down on the illegal resale of DVDs and CDs, according to the Web sites of the organizations.