Software pirate nailed after ill-timed courier delivery

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A British reseller faces two years in jail after counterfeit goods were delivered to his front door in front of Trading Standards officers.

At the time Christopher Bottley was entertaining staff from Kent Trading Standards - they were raiding his house in Tonbridge for counterfeit goods.

While they TS officers unearthed pirated copies of Windows 98, a courier attempted to deliver a package. On closer examination this turned out to be a batch of counterfeit copies of Windows NT Server.

Bottley, who is also charged with supplying pirated copies of Windows 98 to a Bristol-based trader, pleaded guilty to two charges under the Trade Descriptions Act 1968 at Maidstone Crown Court last week.

Meanwhile, a director and company secretary of Middlesex-based UK Computer Distributors have also found guilty of offences relating to counterfeit software.

The charges, against Paramjit Kaur Kanwal and Jasbir Singh Uppal, related to the supply of counterfeit Windows 98, Windows NT Server, and Office 97 Professional Edition. They face a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison and an unlimited fine.

The judge in each case postponed sentencing to gain access to more reports on the defendents. ®

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