Tuesday, 01 August 2017 11:05

Sydney man jailed for selling pirated films on eBay


A Sydney man has been sentenced to 4½ years in prison for possessing and selling thousands of DVDs on which films and TV programmes were recorded without the consent of the licence holders.

Mosaic Defredes was selling the DVDs on eBay. He will be able to apply for parole on 4 April 2019.

His associate, Allison Daniel, is being assessed to see if she can be given an intensive correction order to be served in the community.

The pair appeared at the Parramatta District Court today. A total of 1.2 million DVDs were seized from them in 2013.

Investigators from the Australian Screen Association, a lobby group for the copyright industry, provided support to detectives from Quakers Hill Police in the matter.

The police found that Defredes had also sold more than 65,000 DVDs, valued at $1.6 million. A factory unit in Kings Park was used to assemble and package the discs.

ASA assistant managing director Greg Fraser said: "This was a massive commercial scale operation conducted by the accused without any regard to the many legitimate businesses in the area who do their best to provide a quality service, give people an opportunity to earn a living, pay their taxes and play by the rules. 

"It also took advantage of the goodwill of eBay customers who rightly expect that the items they purchase are legitimate and of genuine quality.

Foster said there were no winners in such operations. "Consumers are being ripped off by not receiving genuine products; small retailers suffer; and the copyright holders and thousands of people that have worked hard to make a film are seeing their proceeds go to criminals,” he said.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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