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A County Durham IT employee has lost his job for copying software while at work.

The 39-year-old was found to have copied computer software following an investigation by the European Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA).

Counterfeit CDs containing music and PlayStation games software were found in his work area. His employer was allowed to remain anonymous after co-operating with ELSPA.

It is believed the man sold the goods to friends and work colleagues on the premises in company time.

In a separate ELSPA announcement, a 30-year-old Sheffield man was last month fined £50 and given a 40 hour Community Punishment Order after he was found selling counterfeit games in a shopping centre.

Nebual Ness was arrested after police caught him trying to flog around £750 worth of software in the Moors Shopping Complex in Sheffield on June 9. Within 12 days he had been convicted.

This "graphically illustrates the efficiency of the police and what can be achieved with the new guidelines on prosecutions," said ELSPA chief investigator Terry Anslow. ®

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