LED ZEPPELIN Legend Locks Away Bootlegger

August 30, 2007, 10 years ago

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BBC News reports:

A music pirate who was convicted after LED ZEPPELIN guitarist JIMMY PAGE gave evidence against him has been jailed for 20 months.

Robert Langley, 58, was arrested in 2005 after being caught with a massive haul of bootleg CDs and DVDs at a record fair in Glasgow.

The seizure by the British Phonographic Industry included £11,500 of counterfeit Led Zeppelin material.

Mr Page told Langley's trial that he did not sanction the items to be sold.

Langley, from Buckingham, had originally denied the charges against him.

However, after Mr Page gave evidence against him at the trial in Glasgow Sheriff Court last month he changed his plea to guilty by admitting three trademark and two copyright infringements.

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Sentence was deferred for reports and when Langley returned to the court for sentencing he was told his offence was so serious that a custodial sentence was inevitable.

Sheriff Sam Cathcart said: "The volume of CDs and DVDs here was considerable. In my view, the gravity of this offence has to be dealt with by means of a custodial sentence."

The 20-month jail-term is thought to be the highest sentence handed out to a bootlegger in Scotland.

Read the full story at BBC News.

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