A renowned seller of pirate DVDs on eBay has been ordered to pay $108,700 (£55,000) under Proceeds of Crime legislation, having already served six months in jail earlier this year for the same offence.
The amount was adjudged to be the criminal profit made by Peter Spencer from his DVD sales and is the largest assets seizure to date for the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) organisation.
Spencer, who had also been the subject of an investigation by the Assets Recovery Agency, pleaded guilty at Bradford Crown Court and must now pay the fine to the Exchequer within 12 months or face a two-year custodial sentence.
FACT brought its own prosecution against Spencer, age 39, from Oakhall Park, Bradford after monitoring his trade in counterfeit DVDs on eBay since 2002.
In just one day in January 2004 Spencer had over 950 pirate DVDs listed for sale on eBay and FACT's Internet Investigations Team was able to show that just one title alone, Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King, made him more than $27,681 (£14,000).
Kieron Sharp, FACT director general said: "This is another important milestone and it demonstrates the effectiveness of the Proceeds Of Crime Act. The use of this legislation to target the criminal profits gained from film piracy in addition to the custodial sentences handed down by the Courts is a powerful weapon as this hits criminals hardest - taking away their liberty and their money. I hope this result also sends a strong message to those using auction sites such as eBay that they are not immune from prosecution and further action should they trade in counterfeit goods."