New law to penalize trading of pirated products.
A proposed British legislation designed to clamp down on the sale of counterfeit CDs and DVDs at car boot sales has reached another stage towards becoming law.
The Occasional Sales Bill, currently being debated by legislators at the U.K.'s House of Commons, is to receive its second reading today (Oct. 14).
It aims to penalize those who trade pirated products at car boot sales, which is otherwise a legitimate activity of selling second-hand goods from the trunks of automobiles at open-air markets.
According to industry reports, some of the worst abusers are unauthorized CD and DVD sellers. Yet, there is currently no law for addressing the problem.
"There is an important and pressing need for legislation in this area to protect honest traders and prevent the exploitation of a legal loophole, which has enabled unscrupulous criminals to take advantage of unregulated car boot sales," said Lavinia Carey, chairman of the music industry-supported Alliance Against Intellectual Property Theft.
The proposed law calls for open-market organizers to notify local trading standard officers 21 days in advance about any planned trade.
Moreover, the organizers will be required to keep a register of the names, address and vehicle number plates of the traders present.
"This will provide vital intelligence for trading standards officers, who are aware of the scale of the problem, but often lack the advance information and resources they need to address it," the Alliance added in a statement.