26 June 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon
Trio sentenced over piracy business
Three men have received suspended prison sentences for illegally distributing copyrighted content, costing more than £2.5 million.

Eric Brooks, Craig Lloyd (pictured left) and Mark Valentine (pictured right) were all sentenced at the Inner London Crown Court for conspiracy to defraud the entertainment industry following a four-year investigation from the City of London Police and the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT).

Brooks will serve 24 months in prison, suspended by 12 months, and was ordered to complete 140 hours of community service.

Valentine and Lloyd were given 18 months, suspended for 12 months and ordered to complete 80 hours of unpaid work.

Brooks, Valentine and Lloyd hired a server in the Netherlands, which they operated for eight years and used to store more than £100,000 worth of stolen movies, music, games, software and e-books, and resold to users.

FACT found evidence of the criminal activity in 2011 and launched an investigation, which was later referred to the City of London Police.

Officers raided Brooks’s house in 2012 and discovered that he had earned £500,000 in profit from his criminal activities.

Valentine and Lloyd were also in possession of thousands of pounds worth of illicitly gained funds.

Detective constable Chris Glover, who led the investigation for the City of London Police, said: “The success of this investigation is a result of coordinated joint working between the City of London Police and FACT.”

“Brooks, Valentine and Lloyd all thought that they were operating under the radar and doing something which they thought was beyond the controls of law enforcement. However what today has shown is that activity of this kind is illegal and most definitely has its consequences.”

Kieron Sharp, chief executive of FACT, said: “Today’s sentencing should send a strong warning to anyone involved in piracy—this is a crime which is taken very seriously and the repercussions can be severe as these men now realise.”

More Copyright news
The latest news from IPPro The Internet
Join Our Newsletter

Sign up today and never
miss the latest news or an issue again

Subscribe now
Kodi crackdown continues
25 July 2017 | London | Reporter: Katherine Brown
Authorities arrested a man in Derby and seized more than 40 illegal streaming devices in London as part of a country-wide crackdown on Kodi and similar boxes
Advertising group tags pirate apps
14 July 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The Trustworthy Accountability Group, a band of advertising industry organisations, has released a new app aimed at reducing the presence of adverts on mobile apps that distribute pirated content
Monkey see, monkey sue: Naruto’s day in court
13 July 2017 | San Francisco | Reporter: Barney Dixon
PETA’s allegations in the ‘monkey selfie’ lawsuit are “ideological expressions” and have nothing to do with its relationship with the crested macaque monkey Naruto, nor its imposed “next friend” status
Canadian court teaches university a thing or two about fair dealing
13 July 2017 | Toronto | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
A Canadian university has been chastised for trying to use fair dealing law to sidestep licensing fees for educational material
DSM copyright directive pushes on
12 July 2017 | Brussels | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The publisher’s right has moved one step closer to becoming law in the EU after two European Parliament committees signed off on the draft copyright directive
Votes due on Digital Single Market’s copyright directive
11 July 2017 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Amendments to Articles 13 and 11 have been proposed as members of European Parliament work to push through the new copyright directive
US secures another SnappzMarket conviction
11 July 2017 | Atlanta | Reporter: Barney Dixon
SnappzMarket’s server manager, Joshua Taylor, has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for his role in the pirate Android app store