Court fines convicted pirate A$5,000

The man was caught selling pirated copies of DVDs at a Sydney street market

A man found guilty of possessing and selling pirated copies of DVDs was sentenced to pay fines of A$5,000 (NZ$5,850) plus court costs at the Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney yesterday.

Anthony Kermond, from Padstow in NSW, was caught selling pirated copies of DVDs at a Sydney street market.

Delivering the fine, Magistrate Bridan said: "This was a commercial operation even though it was on a small scale... and it is not a victimless crime. It affects video stores who operate a legitimate business."

Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) executive director, Adrianne Pecotic, said the court's decision recognises that local legitimate businesses like cinemas and DVD stores deserve a fair go.

Pecotic said piracy results in losses of over A$230 million in potential revenue to the Australian film industry, and threatens over 50,000 jobs.

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