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Online pirates in UK could soon face up to 10 years in prison

By midian182
Jul 20, 2015
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  1. The UK government is considering a law that would increase the maximum penalty for online pirates from 2 years imprisonment to 10. If the plan is approved it will bring the sentence for online copyright infringement in line with those for physical items.

    The government’s proposed measures are mainly targeted at the distributors of pirated content; UK police are keen to point out that small-time downloaders are unlikely to face jail terms. The proposals have been prompted in part by an independent review that found that the “vast majority of online copyright offenders have links to further criminality.”

    The UK’s Intellectual Property Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe said: "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 government has launched a six-week consultation period on the proposals during which time individuals and organizations are able to make their views on the plan known. A final decision on the law change is expected in the coming months, once the government has evaluated the responses and examined the issue further.

    The move will likely be regarded as good news for copyright holders and rights groups, who feel that the punishment for online copyright infringement isn’t serious enough to deter pirates.

    The proposed law amendment follows last week’s High Court ruling that made ripping music and movies from physical media for personal use illegal in the UK.

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  2. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,103   +346

    Lmao just like the other ridiculous UK story.
     
  3. RebelFlag

    RebelFlag TS Addict Posts: 135   +67

    "The proposed law amendment follows last week’s High Court ruling that made ripping music and movies from physical media for personal use illegal in the UK"

    So if I buy a CD or a DVD, and I want to rip it onto my computer, so that I can listen to it on my personal portable music device (iPod, etc) that is illegal in the UK? What a pile of B.S. And people make fun of the stupid laws we pass in the US.
     
    Capaill likes this.
  4. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 865   +434

    Ahhh...the intellect of lawmakers always amazes as they reach new lows; and they never fail to reach these lows.
     
  5. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 957   +273

    Because downloading a video or music hurt so many people.... Oh no. What about the guy who stabbed someone five times gets out in a year in a half??? Sounds like government, using its power in all the wrong ways, again.
     
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  6. Rippleman

    Rippleman TS Guru Posts: 563   +178

    Glad you guys aren't lawyers.
     
  7. Hankhendrix

    Hankhendrix TS Enthusiast Posts: 26   +7

    This is like a bloody dailymail story
     
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,557   +2,900

    The UK’s Intellectual Property Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe likely wishes it were bloody.
     
  9. infiltrator

    infiltrator TS Booster Posts: 141   +21

    I agree with you, that is BS. But as long as you don't get caught distributing any copyright content than you're safe.
     
  10. RebelFlag

    RebelFlag TS Addict Posts: 135   +67

    According to the court ruling, ripping from phtsical media for personal use, even without distribution is illegal. While they may not actively pursue people who don't distribute the media to others, it still gives them a tool to use against someone if they cannot find anything else to charge them with.
     
  11. RebelFlag

    RebelFlag TS Addict Posts: 135   +67

    We aren't qualified to be lawyers, we have common sense.
     

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