Scottish bootlegger jailed

March 2011

Record labels, film industry

A Scottish father of seven has been jailed for sixteen months after admitting to making and selling illegal copies of albums and movies between 2007 and 2009. Police found 4000 fake CDs and DVDs worth £200,000 when they raided Paul McPhillips’ Edinburgh home. He had been selling the bootlegs online. Judge Frank Crowe in the Edinburgh Sheriff Court said whilst he understood that the operation had originally been small scale, the scale McPhillips’ piracy operation was sufficient that prison was “the only option”. The Minister for Intellectual Property, Judith Wilcox, welcomed the ruling, adding that the government remained committed to the principle of custodial sentences for those involved in criminal copyright infringement.

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