LONDON — A 35-year-old Chinese man has been jailed for four years for his part in a pirate DVD operation in London.
In one of the strongest ever sentences for film piracy in the U.K., Zhong Li was also recommended for deportation at the end of his sentence.
He received a one-year sentence for breaching the video recordings act, four years for an offence under the copyright, designs and patents act, one year under the Trade Marks Act and four years for contravening the obscene publications act. Those sentences will run concurrently.
Li was arrested in south-east London in June this year, when police were tipped off that premises were being used as a DVD factory. About 30,000 pirate DVDs and their covers were seized in the raid, 40% of which was hardcore pornographic material.
Kieron Sharp, director general of the Federation Against Copyright Theft, said: “This result is a significant one as it shows that the courts are prepared to punish more severely those who aim to profit from film piracy. The strong custodial sentence sends a very strong reminder to film pirates at every level that this is a serious crime type being dealt with increasingly harshly.”