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DVD burner seized from video shop donated to Bede House

Southwark Council has donated a DVD burner seized during an anti-counterfeiting raid to local charity Bede House.

DVD burner seized from video shop donated to Bede House

The burner was seized from David Cox, 50, from Bermondsey, who was sentenced to 18 months in jail last December after admitting to making and possessing for sale almost 5,000 fake copies of DVDs from his video shop in Dunton Road.

The trader had pleaded guilty to six counts of infringing the Trademarks Act 1994, two counts of infringing the Copyright, Patents and Designs Act 1988 and two counts of infringing the Video Recordings Act 1984. A further 1,947 offences were also taken into consideration. The offences took place in November 2011.

Cllr Richard Livingstone, cabinet member for finance, resources and community safety, said "I am pleased that the Bede House Association will benefit from the equipment recovered, a good outcome from a negative situation.

"On my visits to Bede in the past, I have seen first hand what great work they do with young people and this equipment will help them get more out of their music studio."

"The case of Mr Cox should serve as a reminder that the council takes a tough stance on the producing and distributing of illegal counterfeit goods. Offenders will be dealt with due severity."

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