Paul Sorren of Penryn jailed for "cottage industry" counterfeit operation
Paul Sorren of Penryn has been jailed for running a counterfeit “cottage industry” from his home.
The 49-year-old from Permarin Road appeared at Truro Crown Court on Thursday when he was sentenced to a year in prison.
Trading Standards officers raided him home after a complaint from a member of the public who was angry at the brazen counterfeiting operation being run from the property.
Inside they discovered more than 7,000 illegal DVDs and CDs, together with order books and other evidence of the counterfeit business.
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Sorren pleaded guilty to producing and distributing illegal copies of movies, music albums and computer games.
The Court ordered that all of the seized items be forfeited and destroyed.
Judge Christopher Harvey Clark QC condemned his behaviour.
“You lived off state benefits and treated this as a thoroughly dishonest way to make extra money,” he said.
Nigel Strick, Cornwall Council's fair trading manager said he damaged local businesses.
He said: “The sale of illegal copies of films, music albums and software games undermines genuine retailers and can have a devastating impact on our high streets.
“We estimate that the discs we seized in this case alone would have cost local shops over £50,000 in lost revenue and that would ultimately lead to people losing their jobs and businesses being forced to close.”
Kieron Sharp, director general of the federation against copyright theft, said: “This is another clear sign that the courts will give out custodial sentences to criminals selling counterfeit goods.
“The action by Cornwall Trading Standards tackling the sale of counterfeit goods supports ongoing work by FACT across the UK.
“Such criminal activity adversely affects local retailers, rental shops and the wider economy and jobs.”
And Judge Harvey Clark QC warned that punishment for this type of activity needs to serve as a deterrent to others.
“Anyone tempted to produce and sell illegal copies can expect to be sent to prison when caught.”