I was going to buy some dvds from these people, but as with most (unknown) companies I did some research and found almost everyone have the same complaints you guys do. This website is illegally distrusting copywriter material, and worse then that, its not even any good, IF you are lucky and get the product. So after doing some further research I found a thread on another site which I felt might help you guys out. So here is a C & P of the thread...
At DVDAvenue.tv (which also does business under the name TVDVDmania.tv, DVDCraze.tv, TVDVDPlanet.com and TVAddicts.tv and probably a whole bunch of others) you can buy complete series boxed sets of shows like SPENSER: FOR HIRE, BOSTON PUBLIC, JUDGING AMY, ED, JAG, ADAM-12, WONDER WOMAN, EMERGENCY, NY UNDERCOVER, HAWAII FIVE-O, IT TAKES A THIEF, DYNASTY, STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO, all of which are currently not being sold commercially by their rights-holders.
But DVDAvenue doesn’t stop there…they are even selling bootleg versions of shows like REMINGTON STEELE, KNIGHTRIDER, SEAQUEST, THE NIGHT STALKER, THE PRISONER, PRIME SUSPECT and MY SO-CALLED LIFE which are readily available at your local Best Buy... only they charge a lot more for them. That's assuming they actually send you the bootlegs and aren't just a honey-trap to get credit card numbers from TV geeks.
I’m stunned that the legal departments of Warner Brothers, NBC/Universal, and Paramount Television haven’t caught on to these guys yet. It’s not like DVDAvenue.tv is being discreet about their law-breaking.
Google and Yahoo take money from these bootleggers to make their listings show up at the top of any search for a TV show. And these search engines get paid for click-throughs to the bootlegging sites… doesn't that mean they are profiting off an illegal activity? Don't they screen their advertisers at all?
UPDATE 1-22-07: I received this comment from one of my readers:
I too was ripped off by these guys. I made a number of inquiries about them. It turns out they are already under investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, this because they are in fact located in Canada. I spoke with a Sgt. Jean-Yves Ducharme, who told me that they have been conducting an investigation since late 2006 and he would welcome any call from those defrauded by these guys. Here is his contact info:
Sgt. Jean-Yves Ducharme
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Federal Investigations Section