Mark Purseglove, the world's biggest bootlegger, was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in jail today after pleading guilty to charges of conspiring to defraud for selling illicit professional quality CDs of top recording artists made from recordings obtained from corrupt studio employees and live concert sound engineers. He was known as the recording industry's number one enemy commissioning, manufacturing, and selling millions of illicit and unavailable recordings of music by virtually every well-known artist in the world at 1000% profit. Prosecutor David Groome told the court:
"He commissioned, manufactured and sold, here and elsewhere, unavailable or illicit recordings of musical works by virtually every well-known artist in the world."
Both Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr had offered to provide evidence against Mr. Purseglove had he not plead guilty.
According to judge Timothy Pontius:
"It seems clear beyond any doubt that this enterprise is by far the largest and therefore the most serious of its particular kind to come before the courts. Very large numbers of illicit CDs were produced and sold over the years with significant potential loss, not only to recording companies but also to performers and composers who make a considerable part of their living from the percentage paid to them upon the sale of authorized recordings."
David Martin, head of the BPI anti-piracy unit said, "You don't get pirates any bigger than Purseglove."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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