Man from Norfolk jailed over copied DVD sales

A 27-year-old man who made more than £50,000 copying television programmes and selling counterfeit DVDs on eBay has been jailed for eight months.

Thomas Carling, of The Green, Weasenham St Peters, Norfolk, admitted three offences of unauthorised use of a trade mark between 2005 and 2009.

Norwich Crown Court heard he copied the Sopranos, Desperate Housewives and CSI.

Carling was copying them on discs from television in high definition, the court was told.

'Substantial scale'

Miles Bennett, prosecuting on behalf of Norfolk Trading Standards, said the sales would cost jobs in the television industry.

Jonathan Dunne, representing Carling, said his client "didn't think he was doing anything illegal".

Sentencing him Judge Simon Barham said: "You had over 25,000 orders for DVDs.

"Your offending was on a substantial scale over a substantial period of time.

"You were a university graduate and I reject what you say that you did not think it was illegal."

His remaining DVDs, his six computers and six DVD duplicators were ordered to be destroyed.

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