Copyright and piracy are not just a modern day phenomenon. In 1984 the National Federation Against Copyright Theft destroyed 2,000 private video cassettes.

Copyright and piracy are not just a modern day phenomenon. 30 years ago the National Federation Against Copyright Theft destroyed 2,000 private video cassettes. The tapes were seized by the organisation over the past six months as part of their campaign to combat illegal video piracy. 

This RTÉ News report by Michelle McCaughren shows the videos being crushed by a 1924 traction engine, which had been hired out for the day to crush the videos under its enormous wheels. 

The Federation Against Copyright Theft claims that piracy is costing the video industry millions of pounds each year.

A representative from the Federation, Clive Hudson, spoke to RTÉ News about the piracy industry. 

This report was broadcast on 7 November, 1984.