Pirate films at car boot sales

A HALIFAX man has been given a suspended sentence after flogging counterfeit DVDs at a car boot sale.

Tariq Mahmood, 38, of Thomas Street South, was caught in 2009 after a joint Trading Standards and police operation.

He was selling counterfeit DVDs at Pontefract Lane car boot sale in Leeds and police seized a large quantity of copied DVDs and copying equipment from his home, including 120 images of film covers and software on his computer.

Bradford Crown Court heard the father-of-four made around £40 a week at the boot sales. He pleaded guilty to seven offences contrary to the Trade Marks Act and received a nine month sentence, suspended for 12 months and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall said: “Neither the public nor the offender realise the seriousness of this offence.

“There is a loss of revenue and jobs when legitimate film makers and artists are deprived of their income.”

West Yorkshire Trading Standards, prosecuting, made an application for confiscation of monies obtained by Mr Mahmood and a hearing was adjourned until September.

Judge Durham Hall added: “When you commit these offences the state will pursue all your assets, car, everything. That is all up for grabs according to the draconian purpose of the legislation.”