Notorious Music Pirate Convicted In Led Zeppelin Bootleg Case
The BPI hailed the efforts of Strathclyde Police and the Procurator Fiscal Service in Glasgow in bringing one of Europe's most notorious music pirates to justice.
Bootlegger Robert Langley's sudden decision to plead guilty to two charges under copyright law and three charges of trademark law drew a premature end to what was expected to be a 5 week trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court.
Bootlegging is the form of music piracy in which live performances are illegally recorded and sold. Langley, known in the trade as "Mr Toad", was by far the biggest player in bootlegging, selling discs for between £6 and £300 on his own Silver Rarities and Langley Masters labels.
Langley was arrested after a BPI anti-piracy raid on his stall at a Scottish record fair in February 2005. After the jailing of Mark Purseglove in 2004, Langley is another of the major bootleggers to be caught. Following Langley's conviction, the Crown made an application under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 claiming almost £250,000 of his assets from him. He must now appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court on 20th September 2007 for a hearing in relation to the seizure of these assets.
Langley must also appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court on 30th August 2007 for sentence in relation to the bootlegging and trademark offences. He was released on bail until this date for background and social enquiry reports.
BPI anti-piracy manager David Wood said: "Langley was notorious in the trade for the sale and distribution of bootlegs and is another of the major bootleggers to be convicted. He'd amassed a huge personal fortune by ripping off musicians, record labels, music publishers and the state, but justice has finally caught up with him.
"That he has done a u-turn and pleaded guilty at this late stage in the case is testament to the outstanding efforts of both Strathclyde Police and the Fiscal Service in compiling a compelling case against him."
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