Man Arrested For Selling Bootleg Beatles Albums
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.16.2013
The battle against piracy continues...
BBC reports that Paul Parkin, a 57-year-old man in Cumbrian, England, has been arrested for selling Beatles bootleg albums. He was charged after police and trading standards officers raided his home in West View, Alston. This was after they were tipped off by the British Recorded Music Industry Limited. Bootleg vinyl LPs and illegal copies of music Cds were found.
At an earlier hearing, he pleaded guilty to 23 charges. The judge at Carlisle Crown Court sentenced him to four months in jail. Ten of the charges were for attempting to distribute vinyl records. The other thirteen were for possession of goods with intent to cause loss to another. They were all by The Beatles and included albums like Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Rubber Soul, White Unplugged Album, At The Hollywood Bowl and Please, Please Me.
Angela Jones, trading standards service manager for Cumbria County Council, said: "Internet trading has made it easier for individuals to distribute counterfeit goods. The unauthorized use of registered trademarks damages legitimate traders who trade lawfully. Anyone found to be selling or distributing counterfeit goods can face prosecution, confiscation of illegally earned assets or even - as Parkin has found out to his cost - imprisonment."