Intellectual Property: Notable case

Dancing Jesus (aka: Kane Robinson -&- Richard Graham) (2014)

The owner/operator and principal uploader of the Dancing Jesus forum, the most popular music file sharing website in the UK, were prosecuted to conviction in a Private Prosecution brought by the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) and undertaken by David Groome & Ari Alibhai of QEB Hollis Whiteman.

The investigation involved simultaneous raids being executed by the City of London Police and Homelands Security Investigations in the US.  The website was responsible for providing access to over 22,000 popular sound recordings and the case represents another landmark victory for the music industry in particular and the creative industries in general.

This is the third major ground breaking private prosecution success in recent years on behalf of the creative industries by Groome and Alibhai - recently likened to a modern day Holmes & Watson in The Times of London.  In August this year Philip Danks was sentenced to 33 months in prison for recording, uploading and distributing the movie Fast and Furious 6, costing Universal Pictures an estimated £2.3 million and, in 2010,  Anton Vickerman, founder of surfthechannel.com which provided links to infringing material, was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment.  Both prosecutions were undertaken by Groome and Alibhai on behalf of FACT (the Federation Against Copyright Theft).


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Notable cases:

Dancing Jesus (aka: Kane Robinson -&- Richard Graham) (2014)
Private Prosecution success against Dancing Jesus website
David Groome | Ari Alibhai

R v Reid and Lewis [www.araditracker.com] 2012-2013 (2014)
David Groome and Ari Alibhai were called to the Northern Irish Bar by special dispensation of the Director of Public Prosecut

R v Anton Vickerman [www.surfthechannel.com] 2009-2014 (2014)
Prosecution brought on behalf of the Federation Against Copyright Theft against the operator of one of the world’s most

R v Vuciterni [www.alsat.co.uk] 2010-2014 (2014)
Prosecution on behalf of Football Association Premier League against the operator of a highly organised pan-european card sha

R v Rayyonics Ltd (2012)
Illicit set-top box supplier
David Groome | Ari Alibhai

R v Farhat Nissa and others
Multimillion pound conspiracy to defraud the music industry
David Groome | Ari Alibhai

BPI v Access All Areas Productions
Unlicensed karaoke systems
David Groome | Ari Alibhai

For more information on Fraud-related matters, please contact the clerks on 020 7933 8855 or barristers@qebhw.co.uk