Knock off DVD sellers get prison

Two Chinese men have received prison sentences for selling counterfeit DVDs in Tesco car park on Morning Lane in Hackney. The men, who both had previous convictions for similar offences, were arrested during a joint operation by Hackney police, trading standards and FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft). A third man, was also given a police caution.

Mr Gou Awei, from Lower Clapton Road, E5, pleaded guilty to selling and offering to sell illegal DVDs on Saturday 15 November, at Thames Magistrates Court last month (17/11/08).

Gou Awei was sentenced to 20 weeks imprisonment for a breach of a suspended sentence, issued by the courts in May 2008 for similar offences, plus a further 20 weeks suspended sentence. Mr Jian Ming Chen of the same address as Gou Awei was given a police caution for selling counterfeit DVDs.

Also convicted was Mr Ben Shi He of no fixed address.  Shi He pleaded guilty to selling and offering to sell counterfeit DVDs on Saturday 22 November, at Thames Magistrates Court last week (24/11/08). He was sentenced to 20 weeks imprisonment, for a breach of an ASBO order issued earlier this year for the same offences in Tesco car park.

Sergeant Michiela Medcraft, Chatham Safer Neighbourhoods team said: “This operation has been a great success and demonstrates true partnership working with Hackney Council Trading Standards and FACT. The custodial sentences imposed by the courts show how seriously this issue is being taken. Counterfeit DVDs fund organised criminal networks and we will continue to work hard to tackle this problem.”

Commenting in the convictions Cllr Alan Laing, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods said: “The activities of these pirate DVD sellers in Hackney have been a real nuisance for locals. That’s why we’re continuing to work very closely with the police, FACT and local businesses to stamp out this illegal activity.”

Kieron Sharp, FACT Director General, said, “FACT is pleased to be working with Hackney Safer Neighbourhood Police and Hackney Council to deter and disrupt the overt sale of knock off DVDs in Hackney.”

To report the manufacture or sale of counterfeit DVDs call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods team.

Categories

Latest News

News Prosecutions

Licensees in Merseyside and Rochdale Ordered to Pay More Than £39,000 for Illegal Sky Use

Six licensees have been found guilty of dishonest reception of a television transmission by showing Sky Sports to customers without a commercial agreement from Sky. In the first of three cases, Janet Ferguson, Lisa Kaye and Arnold Martin of The Mayflower[1] in Bootle, Merseyside, were found guilty in their absence of six offences and were … Continued

News Prosecutions

Merseyside Licensees Convicted and Ordered to Pay Over £16,000 for Illegal Sky Sports

Three licensees have been found guilty of six offences each of dishonest reception of a television transmission by showing Sky Sports to customers without a commercial agreement from Sky. Janet Ferguson, Lisa Kaye and Arnold Martin of The Mayflower[1] in Bootle, Merseyside, were found guilty in their absence of six offences and were each fined … Continued

News

Cracking down on digital piracy

Over a million illegal set-top boxes have been sold in the UK in the last two years, putting consumers at risk New report from police, law enforcement agencies and creative industry professionals gives comprehensive insight into digital piracy criminality in the UK – and the crackdown that continues Over one million illegal set-top boxes with … Continued

News Partnerships

Premier League awarded groundbreaking Court Order to block illegal streams

As part of its biggest ever crackdown on the illegal streaming of its content, the Premier League has obtained a High Court Order that will require UK Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block servers that are hosting illegal streams of its matches.