Fake DVD seller ordered to pay £567k fine
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A UK man who taunted police on social media has been jailed for two and half years for selling counterfeit DVDs and CDs valued at up to £2 million ($1.3 million).
Andrew Thornton was sentenced at St Albans Crown Court on Tuesday, May 10.
Thornton sold counterfeit DVDs and CDs from stalls at Bovingdon Market.
During a three year investigation, which ended in June 2014, the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) and trading standards officers seized 27,000 fakes. The products had an estimated retail price of £2 million.
Thornton was arrested several times during the three years. On one occasion, after being released, he posted a reference to the Leonardo DiCaprio film “Catch me if you can” on Facebook.
The film tells the story of a young con artist on the run from the FBI.
Sentencing Thornton, Judge Marie Catterson said: “It indicates your contemptuous attitude to the enforcement authorities and your total lack of remorse at that time.”
Kieron Sharp, director general of FACT, said: “Many people think copyright theft is a victimless crime and that buying a fake DVD or watching a film from a pirate site has no direct consequences. However, this could not be any further from the truth.”
Thornton will serve half of his sentence in prison and half on licence.
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