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Ari Alibhai: news

David Groome and Ari Alibhai of QEB Hollis Whiteman act for Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) in successful private prosecution of online film piracy case
21.8.2014

On 21 August Philip Danks, ringleader of a sophisticated online and filming piracy network, was sentenced to 33 months in prison at Wolverhampton Crown Court after pleading guilty to distribution of pirate films. David Groome and Ari Alibhai, barristers at QEB Hollis Whiteman, acted for FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft), in this private prosecution.
 
Ari Alibhai commented: ‘David Groome and I practise exclusively as private prosecutors, mainly in the intellectual property arena: it's recognised by the creative industries that targeted private prosecutions against the most serious and significant infringers of copyright are an essential tool in the fight against piracy.’
 
Background
More than 750,000 people downloaded the bootleg version of Fast & Furious 6 which Danks himself filmed in a cinema on the first day of its worldwide release.  The judge described Danks as ‘bold, arrogant and cocksure’, and marked the seriousness of this offence with a lengthy custodial sentence.
 
Also on 21 August, co-defendant Michael Bell, who the prosecution accepted played a far lesser role, was sentenced to a community order with an unpaid work requirement.
 
The judge considered the most serious aspect of this offence was the loss to the film industry, estimated at £2.3 million.  This is only the second case of its case of its kind globally where the cammer (recorder), encoder and online distributor of pirate movies have been prosecuted and convicted together. 
 
The judge praised the prosecution’s presentation of the case and made specific reference to the quality of the written opening note setting out the case.
 
David Groome and Ari Alibhai have successfully conducted more 250 private prosecutions between them. Clients include the film industry, the British recorded music industry, PPL (formerly Phonographic Performance Limited), Virgin Media, the FA, the Premier League and a multitude of brand owners.

For the BBC news article please click HERE.

David Groome

Notable cases:

R v William O'Leary & Terence O'Reilly (2016)
David Groome and Ari Alibhai are currently privately prosecuting this matter on behalf of Football Association, Premier League and Federation Against Copyright Theft as led Junior at Nottingham Crown Court.

R v William Marston (2016)
Ari Alibhai is currently instructed privately to prosecute this matter on behalf of Satellite Information Services Ltd [SIS].

R -v- Sohail Rafiq, Reece Baker, Graham Reid and Ben Cooper (2015)
Five receive prison sentences in private prosecution for illegal film distribution

R -v- Mahoney (2015)
A Northern Ireland man was sentenced to 4 years in prison at Londonderry Crown Court last week for running an internet pirac

Helidon Vuciterni (2014)
David Groome and Ari Alibhai acted for the Premier League in the successful prosecution today of Helidon Vuciterni and his c

Dancing Jesus (aka: Kane Robinson -&- Richard Graham) (2014)
Private Prosecution success against Dancing Jesus website

R -v- Danks (Philip) (2014)
Philip Danks, ringleader of a sophisticated online and filming piracy network, was sentenced to 33 months in prison at Wol

R -v- Reid & Lewis - Araditracker (2013)
Instructed by Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland to prosecute in the alleged operation of the film torrent

R -v- Zinga (Munaf) (2013)
Private Prosecution (on behalf of Virgin Media Ltd) of importer and wholesaler of devices designed to defraud Virgin Media.

R -v- Helidon Vuciterni (2013)
Private Prosecution (on behalf of FAPL) of defendant for alleged operation of a card-sharing network.

R v Rayyonics Ltd (2012)
Illicit set-top box supplier

R v Vickerman (Anton) (2012)
Private Prosecution (on behalf of Federation Against Copyright Theft) of the most popular pirate film indexing site in the wo

Articles:

Ari Alibhai co-authors Private Prosecution Practice Note for Lexis Nexis
QEB Hollis Whiteman member Ari Alibhai, private prosecution specialist, collaborated with solicitor David Northfield of Field 20.7.2015

Prosecuting offences involving counterfeit goods
Incorporating trademark offences, the Trademarks Act 1994, classification of trademarks, prosecuting copyright offences, the 13.3.2009