A gang of software counterfeiters were today given jail sentences at the Old Bailey.

The gang specialised in trading illegal copies of Microsoft software worth millions of pounds.

Passing custodial sentences, Judge Pearlman said the gang had been involved in a "careful and sophisticated fraud that struck at the route of commercial trust and probity."

Three members of the gang were today jailed for a combined total of 10 years.

Old Bailey Judge Pearlman said the sentences reflected the seriousness of the offence and the amount of money companies lost through such fraudulent activity.

"We hope these sentences will help raise awareness of the massive problem counterfeiting represents to customers, industry and the economy," said Julia Phillips, antipiracy manager for Microsoft.