Detective Inspector Ricky Hutton, Police Scotland's Specialist Crime Division, said: "The copying of films in the cinemas and subsequent release of pirate copies
online have significant financial implications for the UK film industry.
He pleaded guilty at Wolverhampton crown court to distributing pirate copies
Creating pirate copies
of published books is simple and can be done using a computer and a scanner in a comparatively short duration of time.
During a subsequent search of the premises, officers confiscated a haul of pirate copies
and five DVD copying machines.
CRIME gangs are openly selling pirate copies
of electronic books.
The DVDs were of a variety of films, and when a number were sent to the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), those they were able to check were all pirate copies
They included pirate copies
of the multi awardwinning Slumdog Millionaire and latest Hollywood blockbusters Watchmen and Confessions of a Shopaholic, which are not yet in the shops.
of newly released blockbuster films have been seized in raids on homes in County Durham.
Inside properties in the Castlecroft area they found 1,000 fake Epson printer cartridges, pirate copies
of Nintendo computer games valued at pounds 80,000 and a number of fake iPods.
Will Ockenden, a spokesman for the campaign, said the sale of pirate copies
was known to support local crime.
'The new campaign highlights why pub-goers should not be tempted by fake DVDs, as the sale of pirate copies
is known to support local crime as DVD pirates are often involved in other forms of criminality.'
Among the DVDs were pirate copies
of newly-released films, including King Kong, Brokeback Mountain and The Constant Gardener.