A man from Liverpool has been taken to Court for breaking copyright laws by illegally distributing music on the internet on “an industrial scale”.

Mr Wayne Evans was arrested by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) in early September during an investigation which saw laptop computers and mobile phones seized from his home by PRS for Music.

Earlier this month a Court heard that Mr Evans “ignored the necessary licensing and permissions from copyright owners” while illegally sharing hundreds of thousands of UK Top 40 singles on his website, deejayportal.com. In addition, he illegally uploaded UK Top 40 singles to various torrent websites.

As a result, Mr Evans was charged and pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing an article infringing copyright and one of possessing or controlling an article for use in fraud.

Commenting on the case, Steve Kettle, Detective Constable of PIPCU, said: “In illegally distributing music on an industrial scale, Mr Evans caused significant losses to the music industry.”

“This result highlights the issue of digital piracy and its profound effect on the industry”.