Couple face serious jail time after selling hundreds of counterfeit Disney DVDs
If there is one thing that we have known for a while, it is that creating counterfeit DVDs will give you a bunch of problems once taken.
In doing so, you are infringing a trademark copyright claim, which essentially means you are stealing – something that no one wants to get caught because the consequences can be serious. Recently, a couple in Colombia were convicted of selling counterfeit Disney DVDs, and their punishment is not minimal.
Komu recently reported on the situation, noting:
Tabitha Nicole Rodgers, 42, has pleaded guilty to one count of copyright infringement for profit. Her husband, Clint Travis Rodgers, 48, pleaded guilty to one count of felony criminal infringement of copyright.
Tabitha now faces five years in federal prison without parole; she will also have to repay the amount of money she has earned from the criminal activity. Clint will serve a year in federal prison, also without parole. The investigation dates back to 2014, when “Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) received information from the National Center for the Coordination of Intellectual Property Rights indicating that Clint Rodgers had received more than 443 shipments of counterfeit DVDs from companies in Hong Kong, according to A press release. “
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Two shipments were seized before they could reach the vendors, and hundreds of counterfeit copies of Beauty and the Beast as well as Aladdin were attached. The total number of DVDs collected in this shipment was 460, and then a third package was collected, containing an additional 200 DVDs. Undercover federal agents were buying the Rogers DVDs, which claimed they were genuine, leading to the issuance of a search warrant in 2015.
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Knowing this, use caution when purchasing Disney merchandise of any kind from eBay or any other third party seller. The only way to authenticate a purchase is an official Disney product is to purchase directly from Disney or an official Disney retailer.
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