Market trader caught after pirate discs investigation

Peter Dale, strategic director for development ,Doncaster Council
Peter Dale, strategic director for development ,Doncaster Council
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A DONCASTER market trader has been prosecuted for selling fake DVDs from the boot of his car.

John Quinn, of Stubbins Hill, Edlington, has been sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid community work for peddling the discs at Edlington Market after a prosecution brought by Doncaster Council Trading Standards.

Mr Quinn pleaded guilty at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court to 10 offences under The Trade Marks Act 1994. As well as his community order, he was ordered to pay prosecution costs of £200 and had computer gear confiscated.

A laptop, two external hard drives, two DVD writer towers, two printers and a quantity of DVDs and MP3 music discs have all been seized.

Trading Standards launched an investigation last June, including test purchases of fake DVDs, which resulted in the forfeiture of computer gear and DVDs.

Council director of regeneration and environment Peter Dale said: “Pirate DVDs are of inferior quality and buying them takes money away from film studios, harming the future of this industry.

“By flooding the market with cheap products, counterfeiters also make life hard for legitimate businesses who sell DVDs. This affects people’s livelihoods.”