Meet Lucky and Flo. Over the past twelve months, this duo of noble-looking black labs have managed to perform thousands of police raids, recover millions of dollars in stolen goods, and become the targets of an aggressive worldwide assassination attempt.
These pups are the newest weapons in the fight against movie piracy. Trained to sniff out a specific chemical used in the production of DVDs, Lucky and Flo are used to locate hidden stacks of pirated movies being shipped from overseas. So when an innocuous-looking shipping crate filled with Swedish furniture hits the port, these canines are able to tell if there are discs hidden amongst the desks and decorations.
As for who let the dogs out, it was a joint effort by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT). [Click here to read the original press release.] Currently at work in Malaysia, the canine unit has managed to unearth more than 1.3 million counterfeit DVDs and CDs in raids all over the country.
Needless to say, the hard-working pirates who make a living by selling counterfeit DVDs to unsuspecting shoppers are not exactly impressed. In fact, that might be a bit of an understatement: the purveyors of the pirated goods are so infuriated by how much damage the dogs are doing to their business, they have issued a bounty to make sure the dogs end up dead.
Rumour has it that there is a $29,000 bounty on the heads of poor Lucky and Flo. Nearly thirty grand (US) is available to any man, woman or dog who can bring down the hounds.
However, Lucky and Flo can’t actually tell the difference between real and fake DVDs – to the dogs, any polycarbonate optical disc is worth barking about. It’s up to the humans to figure out if the discs discovered by the dogs are bogus or bona fide.
Elbowroom Design encourages all its readers to avoid DVD piracy, and to also avoid trying to kill Lucky and Flo. If you see a pair of crime-fighting labs doing their business in your local shipping port, please let sniffing dogs lie. While the cheesy “downloading DVDs is a crime” commercials might be in need of the consulting services of a design studio, that’s no excuse to go postal on the poor pups.