A Scottish CD counterfeiter has received the longest custodial sentence for piracy in the country's history.

A Scottish CD counterfeiter has received the longest custodial sentence for piracy in the country's history.

A 44-year-old man from Airdrie, North Lanarkshire in west Scotland began a prison sentenced on April 4 after pleading guilty to charges in relation to the manufacturing and possession of counterfeit sound carriers, games and films. He was sentenced to 20 months, 16 months and 12 months on each of the charges, to run concurrently.

The counterfeiter had been raided in December 2002 by North Lanarkshire Trading Standards Service and Strathclyde Police, following an investigation by Britain's Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society's anti-piracy unit.

According to the MCPS, the loss to trade of the confiscated product was approximately £120,000 ($225,000).