Film and television
A police unit dedicated to combating movie piracy and those responsible for the manufacture and distribution of pirated films has launched in London. In partnership with the Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact), the new unit will pursue individuals and groups profiting from the sale of fake DVDs. In Scotland, a counterfeiter who sold thousands of fake DVDs and CDs in the run up to Christmas has been jailed. Airdrie Sheriff Court heard George Malone, 48, had built up his black market operation over two years at his home in Cumbernauld. Malone admitted producing the illegal copies and selling them at industrial estates across west central Scotland. He was sentenced to nine months in prison, despite claims he had only made £900 from the venture. Goods seized in a raid on Malone’s house had a black market street value of £18,385 and caused a loss to trade of an estimated £50,000.