Scottish CD Pirate Jailed R v Reid (2004)

August 2004

Record Labels, Music Publishers

A man who boasted on TV he “could not care less” that his business was illegal has been jailed for five months for selling pirate CDs and computer games. Stephen Reid’s illicit trading deprived the music and computer industries of more than £1million in lost revenue. Glasgow Sheriff Court heard police and trading standards officers then swooped on the 51-year-old’s premises. Sheriff William Holligan told him he had shown “a flagrant breach of legislation” after he pleaded guilty to three infringements of copyright. The Sheriff added: “A custodial sentence is unavoidable for such offences.” Reid had previous convictions for selling counterfeit videos. His sale of counterfeit music, computer games and software was particularly targeted at students at nearby Glasgow University. In February, breakfast show GMTV carried out an investigation into piracy in which they visited Reid. The court was shown a foul-mouthed interview with him in which he threatened cameramen and reporter Lyn Faulds-Wood. Police and trading standards officers then carried out surveillance on Reid and made “test purchases” before raiding the premises and seizing 6349 CDs believed to contain pirate material.
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