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More UK 'counterfeiters' nailed by UK record cops
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2002-11-18
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Source: Mi2N - November 4, 2002

UK Trading Standards officers, backed by UK record labels, have nailed two more alleged counterfeit operations - one in South Gloucestershire and the other in Wales.

In the first, more than 800 "counterfeit" CD's, "believed to have been destined for sale at a Sunday Market in Bristol," were found in a house in the Bristol area. "A man will be questioned about the fine and will face possible charges under the Copyright, Designs & Patents Act (1988), the Trade Marks Act (1994) and the Trade Descriptions Act (1968)," says the TS office.

In the second, Adam Hayes, 33, of the Vale of Glamorgan, was jailed for eight months after he was found guilty of operating an illegal custom-order CD business in his house last year.

TS officers say five computers were used to make "near perfect" copies of CDs which were then sold for around £5 each by mail order. Approximately £600 worth of orders were discovered awaiting collection.

Hayes pleaded guilty to 20 'specimen' offences under the Trade Marks Act (1994) and received an immediate custodial sentence of four months with a further four months suspended. Costs of £1,500 were awarded against him and £20,000 worth of CDs and computer equipment seized in the raid were forfeited.

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» Vale Of Glamorgan Counterfeiter Jailed
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