A Greek man has been sentenced to three months in prison for buying pirated CDs from a street vendor. The man, known as George S, was arrested May 13 after he purchased two counterfeit CDs from a pedd

A Greek man has been sentenced to three months in prison for buying pirated CDs from a street vendor. The man, known as George S, was arrested May 13 after he purchased two counterfeit CDs from a peddler in the Athens suburb of Liosia. He was detained and sent to court the following morning. The trader fled the scene.

The suspect claimed before a public prosecutor that he was unaware the CDs were counterfeit. He was charged with receiving stolen goods, and told he could pay off his sentence in daily instalments of €10 ($12).

IFPI Greece GM Ion Stamboulis says he hopes the unprecedented move would act as a deterrent. Stamboulis told Billboard.biz: "I consider this action a last resort and it is definitely not within our scope to sue our customers, but the justice system's indifference has forced us to use whatever measures we can...to put a stop to piracy."

The effects of physical piracy have seen the value of the Greek music market fall by 25% over the past three years. Recorded-music shipments in Greece fell in value by 8.6% to €56 million ($69.5 million) in 2003, down from €61.3 million ($76 million) the previous year.