The disc-sniffing dogs are trained to track the polycarbonate in DVDs. Although they cannot tell the difference between pirated and genuine discs, they've led investigators to many illegal disc-duplication operations. In Malaysia, where DVD piracy is common, professional counterfeiters were so worried that they allegedly placed a bounty on the dogs.
Key Facts In This Video
Movie pirating in the Asia-Pacific region alone is estimated to cost the film industry 1.2 billion dollars per year. (0:20)
It's been rumored that a disc-pirating syndicate put a bounty of $30,000 on the disc-sniffing dogs. (1:10)
An anti-piracy canine unit consists of a handler, a disc-sniffing dog, and a back-up team of two. (1:51)