Monday, July 12, 2010
In an important case for the recording industry, an English court has sentenced three men to prison for violating the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988. Malcom and Peter Wylie received sentences of between 9 months and 3 years; William Ross received a 9 month suspended sentence. He was apparently unaware that the Wylies' operations were illegal. The Wylies downloaded music from the Internet or copied music from CDs and distributed it to entertainment venues in northern England. The British Recorded Music Industry and Phonographic Performance Limited, two organizations which collect royalties for the music industry, were involved in the prosecution.