It is not quite on a par with Eddie Izzard’s “cake or death”, but there is a chance that more defendants in criminal IP cases in
Claimants regularly demand public apologies but judges very rarely order them, on the ground that IP infringement is a corporate crime rather than a personal crime and no individual should be made to suffer such a loss of face for a corporate crime. By publishing a voluntary apology Mr X has demonstrated his sincere sorrow for the damage he has caused to Samsonite. In turn, and having received their compensation payment, Samsonite has magnanimously issued a statement to the court asking it to forgive Mr X. It is likely the judge will let him off a period of his sentence, or have him transferred to a jail (from his custody house) sooner than he might otherwise have been. Mr X and his family are not granting interviews and so his true motivation can only be guessed at but it is likely that he has strong personal motives for wanting to avoid jail at such substantial cost to himself.
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