Man jailed for four months for selling pirate Beatles albums

Bootleg vinyl LPs and illegally copied CDs were found at the Cumbria home of 57-year-old Paul Parkin

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A Cumbrian man has been sentenced to four months in jail for selling illegal copies of albums by The Beatles.

Bootleg vinyl LPs and illegally copied CDs were found at Paul Parkin's home in West View, Alston, during a raid by police and trading standards officers following a tip-off by the British Recorded Music Industry Limited, the BBC reports.

All of Parkin's pirated music was by The Beatles and included dodgy copies of the classic albums 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', 'Rubber Soul' and 'Please Please Me'.

Parkin, 57, pleaded guilty to 23 offences during a hearing at Carlisle Crown Court: ten counts of attempting to distribute vinyl records and 13 counts of possession of goods with intent to cause loss to another.

Angela Jones, Cumbria County Council's trading standards service manager, told the BBC afterwards: "Internet trading has made it easier for individuals to distribute counterfeit goods. The unauthorised use of registered trademarks damages legitimate traders who trade lawfully. Anyone found to be selling or distributing counterfeit goods can face prosecution, confiscation of illegally earned assets or even - as Parkin has found out to his cost - imprisonment."

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