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Lewisham man jailed after raid nets 45,000 fake DVDs

A counterfeit DVD business being run in the borough has been shut down resulting in one man jailed for a year and another sentenced to a community order, with both paying substantial costs. 

On 26 June 2014, Xian Feng Cao, 41, from Lewisham, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment with costs to pay of £2,000 for his part in the counterfeiting of DVDs in the borough. 

Shaukat Sheikh, 45, from Wembley, was sentenced to a community order for 18 months with a requirement to do 180 hours unpaid work and costs of £3,000. 

In October 2011, the Council was approached by FACT (The Federation Against Copyright Theft) with information that a Chinese male they knew to be involved in the manufacture and sale of counterfeit DVDs was using a storage facility in Forest Hill.  

Following an in-depth investigation by the Council, officers found that a house in Wilshaw Street, Deptford, was being used for the manufacture of master copies of DVDs and a flat in New Cross Road being used for the general manufacture of discs and distribution of DVDs to street sellers. All of this is in addition to the storage unit in Forest Hill being used to store the covers.  

All these premises were raided in March 2012 and the following items were retrieved: 

  • Two computers used for making master copies 
  • Six burning towers each capable of producing 12 counterfeit copies every 10 minutes (believed to be left running for approximately 14 hours per day with the capability of producing 6,048 discs each day) 
  • 45,000 counterfeit DVDs 
  • 120,000 DVD covers 
  • Evidence of approximately two million DVD covers being delivered to the storage unit over the course of a year.  

In her sentencing remarks, Her Honour Judge Downing, stated these were serious offences and the legitimate producers and consumers of these items were entitled to have protection. The film industry would have incurred a loss of £6.50 per disc for every DVD these individuals sold. 

A forfeiture and destruction order for all items seized was granted. 

If you think you have been sold counterfeit goods, including DVDs, you can report the trader to Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06. 


For more information please contact: 

Lewisham Council Press Desk 


Notes to editor: 

The charges are as follows: 

(1) Conspiracy to make unauthorised use of a trade mark - s1(1) Criminal Law Act 1977 x 1 

(2) Unauthorised use of a trade mark - S92(1)(a) Trade Marks Act 1994 x 2 

(3) Conspiracy to make or deal in articles infringing copyright - S1(1) Criminal Law Act 1977 x 1 

Xian Feng Cao pleaded guilty to counts 1 and 3, and Shaukat Sheikh and Quickprint Limited both pleaded guilty to count 2. 

DATE: 8 July 2014