Private Prosecutions: 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:

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
David Groome | Ari Alibhai

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

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

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
David Groome | Ari Alibhai

R -v- Somaia (Ketan) (2014)
Successful private prosecution, Ketan Somaia was convicted by a jury of 9 counts of obtaining a money transfer by deception.
William Boyce QC | Rachna Gokani

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- Reid & Lewis - Araditracker (2013)
Instructed by Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland to prosecute in the alleged operation of the film torrent
David Groome | Ari Alibhai

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

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

Virgin Media v Faulkner and others (2010)
Multi-defendant cable television fraud
David Groome | Ari Alibhai

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