Folger Library: Stolen Shakespeare Bad, Bootlegged Shakespeare Totally Cool
The man who attempted to sell a rare—and stolen—Shakespeare First Folio to the Folger Shakespeare Library has been handed an eight-year jail sentence by a British court, The Guardian reports. Although he was not found guilty last month of actually stealing the 1623 volume from Durham University, the Newcastle crown court jury did find him guilty of handling stolen goods and attempting to remove stolen property from Britain.
When the man, Raymond Scott, attempted to sell the First Folio to the Folger in Washington, staff there notified police. Like Arts Desk, they seem to prefer their Shakespeare bootlegged, not outright stolen.