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Nasir MUSTAFA of Masey Court, Blackhorse Road, London, E17, appeared at Tottenham Magistrates Court on 28 September 2016, charged with four (4) offences contrary to The Trademarks Act 1994, of selling copied film titles. He pleaded guilty to all offences and was sentenced to a £300.00 (three hundred pound) fine and a ordered to pay a £30.00 (thirty pound) victim surcharge.

 

The case was brought as a private criminal prosecution by TM Eye on behalf of The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), acting for a number of film companies including; UNIVERSAL CITY STUDIOS LLC and DISNEY ENTERPRISES INC,

 

MUSTAFA had been convicted by TM Eye at Thames Magistrates Court on 15th October 2015, when he pleaded guilty to 12 Trade Mark Offences. He had been  sentenced at that time to a Community order for 12 months with 180 hours unpaid work.  He was also ordered to pay the £60 victim surcharge and £180 court charge. That conviction had been the result of another private criminal prosecution by TM Eye on behalf of FACT representing a variety of film studios.

 

The current case and conviction follows a covert TM Eye operation at Chigwell Car Boot sale, Chigwell, Essex. MUSTAFA operated a large and very busy stall selling a large number of copied films, with the latest titles and on some occasions films not even released in the cinemas. His stall was always busy with customers. Covert test purchases were undertaken and formed the evidence to convict MUSTAFA.

 

TM Eye Director David McKELVEY said, “MUSTAFA has been convicted for a second time within a year. Each year he operates a large and prolific stall at Chigwell car boot sale selling copied and illegal films. The damage that is caused to the film industry through the open sale of these films, often the latest titles, some of which have not even been released, cannot be overstated. It costs the film industry and UK economy billions.

 

I am surprised at the sentence in light of this repeat offending and particularly as MUSTAFA would likely make thousands of pounds each day that he operates.

 

He now has two convictions, both of which are recorded on the Police National Computer (PNC) and he will be required to attend a police station to have his fingerprints, photograph and DNA taken for inclusion on police indeces.

 

Should he re offend he will likely face a custodial sentence.

 

I am very concerned that with the withdrawal of FACT from acting for the West Coast film studios with no apparent back up plan, criminals such as MUSTAFA and the more prolific WILDERSPIN will effectively be left to commit crime at will. The damage that could be done to the UK film industry could be catastrophic.”

 

TM Eye has prosecuted over 230 cases in the criminal courts by way of private criminal prosecutions.

 

TM Eye has a 100% conviction rate.

 

All those convicted have their convictions recorded on the Police National Computer (PNC) and have their fingerprints, photographs and DNA taken for inclusion on police databases.

 

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Imran BASHIR of Rochester Street, Chatham, Medway appeared at Medway Magistrates Court on 19 September 2016, charged with seven (7) offences of selling counterfeit goods contrary to Section 92 of the Trademarks Act 1994. He pleaded guilty to all matters. He was sentenced to a 12 Month Community order to include 90 hours of unpaid work.

 

The case was brought by TM eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of its clients Mulberry and Hugo Boss.

 

BASHIR ran a Facebook selling page called ‘Kent Man Clothing’. He sold a wide variety of fake goods from a large number of luxury brands including Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Hermes, Ugg, Armani, Nike and Hollister. He no longer trades.

 

TM Eye’s online investigations team undertook four (4) covert and recorded test purchases. meetings with BASHIR took place to take possession of the fake goods. These were again video recorded. The evidence from the online sales and meetings formed the evidence upon which the criminal case was brought and convictions secured.

 

BASHIR now has a criminal record with his convictions recorded on the Police National Computer (PNC). Should he re offend he will risk imprisonment. He will be required to attend a police station to have his fingerprints, photograph and DNA taken by police for their criminal databases.

 

TM Eye Director David McKelvey said, “This is yet another conviction of a trader who operates online using the social media site Facebook to carry out his criminal activities.

 

TM Eye has convicted forty nine (49) persons or companies who have sold fake goods online in the past 18 months.  Facebook has become the new market place for fake goods.

 

TM Eye will continue to target any criminal who operates either online, in the markets or other outlets for fake goods where our clients brands are being sold. We will robustly enforce the law by bringing private criminal prosecutions. TM Eye has a 100% conviction rate in over 225 criminal cases. All those convicted have their conviction recorded on the police national computer and will be required to have their fingerprints, photographs and DNA taken.”