London DJ arrested over leaked albums

July 2008

Record labels

The international recording industry today welcomed the arrest by UK police of a man suspected of selling a over 150 pre-release albums on eBay, weeks before their official release. The man, a DJ and music reviewer based in London, was arrested on suspicion of theft and money laundering.  The case centres on the alleged sale of pre-release copies of albums by artists including Foals, Delays, Grand National and Kelly Rowland and it is believed that he used his position to obtain promotional copies of albums from record companies which he then sold on. If charges are brought, it is thought this would be the first ever prosecution involving the sale of pre-release music in the UK.

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