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  • July 20th, 2015

Online Pirates Could Face 10 Years in Jail

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Currently, online copyright infringement carries a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment a consultation launched by the Intellectual Property Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills want to change this to 10 years to bring it in-line with copyright infringement of physical goods.

The new proposed measures will be aimed to deter those who distributed pirated content, not those downloading the pirated files.

Intellectual Property Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe said: “The government takes copyright crime extremely seriously – it hurts businesses, consumers and the wider economy both on and offline.

“Our creative industries are worth more than £7 billion to the UK economy and it’s important to protect them from online criminal enterprises.

“By toughening penalties for commercial-scale online offending we are offering greater protections to businesses and sending a clear message to deter criminals.”

The head of the police intellectual property crime unit, DCI Peter Ratcliffe, said: “Online or offline, intellectual property theft is a crime. With advances in technology and the popularity of the internet, more and more criminals are turning to online criminality and so it is imperative that our prosecution system reflects our moves to a more digital world.”


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