Porn pirate sent to prison

Posted: April 10, 2008

An Essex man has been sent to prison for eight months after being convicted of selling counterfeit R18 DVDs and video games over the Internet. Hereford Crown Court heard that the man’s website had been monitored by local Trading Standards Officers following information supplied by Essex County Council TSO.

Sample purchases were made of films and games and an address in Worcester – where the man was residing at the time of the offences – was subsequently raided where goods with an estimated street value of more than £17,000 were seized.

The man pleaded guilty to nine offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994, two offences under the Video Recordings Act 1984 and one offence under the Copyright Designs and Patents Act.

Speaking after the case, Worcestershire County Council’s Principal Trading Standards Officer Peter Holmes said: “Again, the courts have recognised the seriousness of counterfeiting and I hope that the custodial sentence imposed will act as a real deterrent to anyone involved in counterfeiting or thinking of becoming involved.”

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