A joint operation led by the IFPI and U.K. labels body the BPI has led to a convicted music pirate being ordered to pay £170,000 ($263,000) in record company compensation.

The ruling was made today (July 27) by Judge Inigo Bing at Snaresbrook Crown Court in East London. The pirate music distributor, named as Farrah Nissa, had originally been convicted along with three co-defendants of conspiracy to infringe copyright law in March 2008 following a joint investigation by the IFPI and the BPI.

At the original ruling, Nissa was found guilty and received a jail sentence for selling an estimated 1.2 million counterfeit CDs, predominantly unlicensed urban music compilations imported from the Czech Republic, which were then sold in the United Kingdom.

London's Regional Assets Recovery Team (RART) worked in partnership with the IFPI and BPI in identifying the extent of profits made from Nissa's criminal activities. In line with the provisions of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, money already confiscated from the defendant following the 2008 ruling will be collected by the BPI and distributed among its members.

In December 2009, Nissa's co-defendant, Wasim Mir, who was also found guilty of copyright infringement in the 2008 ruling, was ordered to pay a £70,000 ($109,000) confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act, with monies payable to the BPI, for his role in the illegal operation.

In a statement, BPI director of anti-piracy David Wood said: "This was a complex and lengthy enquiry into an organized criminal gang who had tried to hide behind a shield of respectability."

IFPI director, anti-piracy, Jeremy Banks added: "Today's ruling shows that when it comes to music piracy crime really does not pay. We have always pursued a strategy of disrupting the manufacture and supply of counterfeit CDs, now in the U.K. we are able to take the profit out of the process as well."

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