The author of the constitutionally questionable legislation is State Senator Alex Padilla, a Los Angeles-area Democrat. In a statement, Padilla says that he is pursuing the law because "fraudulent CDs and DVDs undermine our economy and California's role as a global leader in music and film. They steal revenue from artists, retailers, and our entertainment sector."
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According to the RIAA, the vast majority of bootleg CDs and DVDs come from disc replicator plants, and 70 of these facilities are located in California. In addition to being subject to warrant-free search and seizure under the proposed legislation, these plants would also face fines up to $250,000.
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