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Raided video store fined for selling fake DVDs and CDs

PUBLISHED: 12:27 16 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:53 05 October 2010

A VIDEO shop selling counterfeit DVDs and CDs in London's East End has been ordered to pay £2,000 by magistrates after a raid by trading standards officers. Shorof Uddin admitted offences against the Trade Marks and Video Recordings acts at his Lava Video store in Whitechapel

A VIDEO shop selling counterfeit DVDs and CDs in London's East End has been ordered to pay £2,000 by magistrates after a raid by trading standards officers.

Shorof Uddin admitted offences against the 1994 Trade Marks Act and the 1984 Video Recordings Act at his Lava Video store in Fordham Street, Whitechapel, when he appeared at Thames Magistrates' court.

The store was fined £500 for selling counterfeit DVDs, which contravened the Trade Marks Act, and £750 for selling unclassified and inadequately labelled DVDs in breach of the Video Recordings Act.

It followed a summons by Tower Hamlets trading standards office which raided the premises.

"Video piracy is not a victimless crime," the Town Hall said in a statement. "Selling fake goods hits legitimate businesses hard and floods the market, making it hard for reputable businesses to compete.

"Film piracy is also making vast profits for organised criminal networks worldwide."

Lava Video was also ordered to pay of £750 towards prosecution costs, while the DVDs seized in the raid were ordered to be forfeited and destroyed.

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