News Archive: 2008
Buyer Beware: Bootleg DVDs of the Gene Autry Show
Updated April 8, 2008
Be an informed consumer and do not purchase unauthorized products from unscrupulous dealers!
Several months ago, several Gene Autry fans emailed Gene Autry Entertainment regarding a DVD set of The Gene Autry Show they found on the Internet. These DVDs were not listed on the Official Gene Autry Website and fans wanted to know if they were authorized DVDs. As it turns out, they are not licensed releases and, to add insult to injury, the bootleggers also used a "tweaked" version of Gene Autry Entertainment's logo on their packaging!
We replied to the fans that this release was unauthorized and advised folks not to buy it. Buyer beware! Since Gene Autry Entertainment was not involved with this release, the quality of the DVDs is suspect, and quite frankly, once you send in your money, who knows if they would even bother to send you the product.As with any copyright infringement, we contacted our lawyers. Their investigation of the website selling these DVDs, DVDAVENUE.TV, revealed that not only were they selling pirated Gene Autry television episodes, but other popular television shows as well. In fact, DVDAVENUE.TV appears to be a well-organized, and in our opinion criminal outfit operating under several different names, selling DVDs worldwide. Fans of Gene Autry and other television shows may have seen bootlegged DVDs on any one of the below sites. Consumers have suspected these sites are a single commercial enterprise or related in some other way.