ITS A HOBBY SAYS
FAKE CD TRIAL MAN
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[ December 14th 2001 ]
accused of illegally branding fake computer discs
said when interviewed that they were his hobby,
a court heard. In an interview read to the jury
at Bristol Crown Court Colin Coleman said he had
bought discs at markets for friends.
aged 52, of St Andrews Road, Avonmouth, has denied
11 specimen charges, including six of using a
registered trademark without the owner's consent
on CDs and five of using fake branding on the
Michael Fitton said Coleman used official trademarks
illegally on copied computer programmes. He said
Coleman had no permission from owners of registered
trademarks to use logos such as PlayStation, EA
Sports or Tomb Raider.
court heard when interviewed Coleman said he was
"Joe Public" and had bought things which were
on open sale from the Tollgate market at Southville,
from Southmead and Eastville. He said a list of
names of people found at his home where he had
a computer room were of people who had asked him
to get games for them as he made frequent visits
to the markets.
about copies of games found at his home, he said
they were for himself and the copies had not been
made by his machines. Coleman agreed he had one
machine which was capable of making copies and
another capable of pulling labels off the Internet.
He said games found at his home had been accumulated
said he understood he could make a back-up copy
of something without infringing copyright and
he did not know about trademarks. Coleman agreed
that he had spent GBP400 to GBP500 a month on
discs at one point and that he advertised PlayStation
chips for sale but added: "I have never printed
off or sold any PC software myself."
copies made were for himself and not for personal
gain and that the games found were due to his
obsessive personality. The trial continues.