57-year-old Paul Parkin
from northern UK was sentenced to four months in jail for selling pirated copies of the Beatles
After the police raided his house in West View and discovered bootleg vinyl LPs and illegal CDs, Parkin pleaded guilty to 23 offences, 10 of which were on counts of attempting to distribute vinyl records. The remaining 13 presented counts of possession of goods with intent to cause loss to another.
reports, the confiscated albums include "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
," "Rubber Soul
," "White Unplugged Album
," "At the Hollywood Bowl
" and "Please, Please Me
, trading standards service manager for Cumbria County Council, later stated: "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."
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