Hefty fine for counterfeit DVD trader

Published 23 May 2012

A Southall store owner stocking pirate Bollywood DVDs has been ordered to pay more than £16,000 following an investigation by Ealing Council.

Counterfeit Bollywood DVDs found at Southall store

Mr Kolbir Singh, owner of Music Junction, at South Road , Southall appeared at Ealing Magistrates Court on 11 May 2012 to plead guilty to nine charges under the Trade Marks Act for possessing counterfeit DVDs for sale and the Video Recordings Act for possessing for supply DVDs with no classification certificate.

Mr Singh was fined £9,000, and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15 and the full costs of £7,270.47, totalling £16,285.47.

Trading Standards visited the store following a tip off from a member of the public, and seized more than 10,000 pirate DVDs. The counterfeit DVDs will now be destroyed.

The haul included pirate copies of Bollywood films such as Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Om Shanti Om. Mr Singh has since reopened the business as a pawn shop and one pound store.

Councillor Ranjit Dheer, cabinet member for community services and safety, said: “The sale of fake DVDs means everyone loses out. Customers are ripped off because they get a poor quality product, it also hits law-abiding local traders selling the genuine item and harms the creative industry.

“I am pleased that the courts have taken it so seriously and would encourage people to report any traders selling counterfeit goods.”

Anyone with any information about traders selling counterfeit products or banned items should contact Trading Standards on 020 8825 8175 or tradingstandards@ealing.gov.uk