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British Man Given Three-Year Jail Term for Selling 'Dodgy' DVDs

19 Jan, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel

A 61-year-old British man has been sentenced to three years in jail for selling nearly $1 million worth of counterfeit DVD movies over a three-year period, including Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s The Little Mermaid and “Mrs. Brown’s Boys,” a BBC TV show.

Trevor Pegg in December was found guilty on 13 counts, including importing and supplying counterfeit DVDs, running a fraudulent business and money laundering. The discs were manufactured in China.

The Surrey County Council also reported that Pegg sold “dodgy” DVDs of AMC Networks original series “The Killing” on eBay and other e-commerce sites.

“The sale of counterfeit DVDs on online marketplaces presents considerable risks to consumers and the creative industries alike. Mr. Pegg’s sentencing demonstrates that these are serious offences which carry severe penalties,” Kieron Sharp, director general of Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), said in a statement.

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