A hoop of vinyl bootleggers have been busted in Wales
Vinyl is pricey. Any collector of wax price their salt has poured a whole bunch, if not 1000's into their collections over time and the demand for uncommon vinyl pressings continues to skyrocket.
In Wales, 4 males had been profiting from this demand by working a vinyl urgent plant that created unlicensed recordings of 1960s Northern Soul artists. The counterfeit vinyl ring was busted by authorities following a joint four-year investigation between the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and South Wales Police.
During the sting operation, the police discovered 55,635 7” information, 907 12” information and 26 10” information. The males made 1000's from gross sales of the information.
Pleading responsible to varied counts of unauthorized trademark use, all 4 males got jail sentences that ranged from eight to 10 months.
“These necessary jail sentences ship a really sturdy message to music pirates across the nation,” mentioned BPI consultant Kiaron Whitehead in the course of the court docket listening to. “Whether it’s an unlawful music web site or faux vinyl being bought on eBay and Amazon – the BPI and the Police are watching you and you may be prosecuted.”
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