|BPI Investigators assisted Police Officers in seizing hundreds of counterfeit Asian music and film CDs and DVDs from six stalls set up on the Ealing Road Market at Southall, West London. The operation took place on Sunday October 13, 2002 following complaints from BPI member companies and legitimate retailers in the area.
This latest raid follows last month's ruling at Stratford, East London Magistrates Court, where Mohammed Rafiq Usman - trading as Bollywood Music of Green Street - was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,150 after pleading guilty to charges under the Trademarks and Video Recordings Acts. The ruling follows a raid on Usman's shop last year, after an investigation by the BPI's Anti Piracy Unit.
David Martin, Director of Anti Piracy stated, "Legitimate retailers are being forced out of business by these illicit traders, so I am encouraged by the size of the fine awarded against Mr Usman."
For more information please contact David Martin or Sarah Roberts at the BPI on 020 7803 1300.
BPI protects and promotes the interests of over 300 UK record labels which together account for over 90% of recorded music output in the UK.
In 2001, global music sales fell by 5% in value and music piracy cost the industry an estimated $4.3 billion worldwide. Levels of commercial piracy in the UK increased by 30% last year to reach £28 million - this does not take into account sales lost due to CD-R piracy.