Man sold pirated games and films, Plymouth court hears
A MAN sold dozens of fake computer games and DVDs, a court heard.
Bruce Benson, aged 42, sold XBox games and top titles such as James Bond and X-Men films, Plymouth Crown Court was told.
Plymouth City Council, prosecuting the case, estimated that Benson pocketed £33,000 over four years through his illegal trade. But that sum is disputed by Benson's defence team. Benson, of Elphinstone Road, Beacon Park, admitted 20 offences between August 2006 and September 2010. He pleaded guilty to 18 charges of selling games and DVDs with false trademarks. Benson sold films from the Star Trek and Underworld series, as well as Love Actually and Toy Story 2, with false trademarks from makers including Walt Disney and 20th Century Fox. He also sold falsely-branded games including Red Dead Redemption and 007 Bloodstone.
One charge specifies 27 XBox 360 games, plus 140 cover pictures for XBox and Wii games.
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Benson also admitted two offences of promoting or providing a service to bypass the technology which prevents the copying of legitimate games.
Sarah Vince, for the council, said the authority believed Benson had profited by about £33,000 through the sale of fake games and DVDs. But she added the figure was disputed by Benson through his legal team. The court heard a judge may have to decide on the disputed figures.
Judge Paul Darlow released Benson on bail until April 26 while a probation officer prepares a report for his sentence.