Welsh pirate caught after test purchase from Ebay

July 2005

Record Labels

James Russell Harley, 26, used his ten year old son’s name to register an Ebay account and sold copied pirate CDs on the worldwide web. He was caught when special investigators made a test purchase. The British Phonographic Institute bought a counterfeit CD and made a complaint to Flintshire public protection department. A search found more than 1,300 CDs and DVDs at Harley’s home in Broughton, North Wales as well as a computer and copying system, which was capable of producing 11 copies from a single CD . Harley admitted 11 trademarks and copyright offences involving various CDs including School of Rock, Elton John Sings the West Coast and Now 86, and asked for 100 similar offences to be taken into consideration. Richard Powell, prosecuting, said investigators found 540 names or email addresses, which showed the defendant had received payments of between £5 and £50. Flintshire magistrates said that they were considering a community punishment order but adjourned sentence for a report from the probation service.


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