BPI welcome successes against CD and DVD pirates

December 2006

Mechandising, record labels, artists 

The BPI has welcomed two success stories in the ongoing battle against counterfeit CD and DVD piracy in the UK. The BPI successfully prosecuted James Cowan, his wife Ann Cowan and Andrew Wood, all from County Durham, after a routine anti-piracy operation unveiled a sophisticated bootleg CD enterprise. The three defendants made pirate of copies of CDs and DVDs at a property above a video rental store, and are thought to have made £10,000s a week by selling the pirated material at markets, pubs and industrial units all over the North East. James Cowan was last week found guilty on counts of conspiracy to defraud, tax evasion and benefit fraud. Ann Cowan was found guilty of defrauding the music and film industries, benefit fraud and attempting to pervert the course of justice. Wood, who was allegedly in charge of the pirating operation, had earlier pleaded guilty to counts of conspiracy to defraud and tax evasion. CMU Daily reported that all three will be sentenced in the New Year. The BPI also welcomed the seizure of over 200,000 Bollywood CDs and DVDs following a raid in West London last week. With a value of just under £1 million, even at bootleg prices, this is the biggest ever haul of pirated Bollywood content in the UK. The pirated CDs were found alongside a load of counterfeit clothing which police estimate could take the value of all the goods seized to over £5 million.

From CMU daily

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