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Penalties for online copyright theft 20/07/2015 The UK Government has launched a consultation on plans to increase the maximum sentence for commercial-scale online copyright infringement.

Penalties for online copyright theft

The UK Government has launched a consultation on plans to increase the maximum sentence for commercial-scale online copyright infringement from two to ten years imprisonment. Proposals set out in the consultation will bring penalties for online offences into line with equivalent offences relating to the copyright infringement of physical goods.

The proposed new measures will increase the sanctions for criminals who infringe the rights of copyright holders for large-scale financial gain and will make clear that online copyright infringement is no less serious than physical infringement.

At the moment, commercial-scale online copyright infringement is only punishable by a maximum of two years imprisonment, compared to the maximum of ten years possible for infringement of physical goods.

The publication of the consultation follows the recommendations made in the independent review ‘Penalty Fair?’ and calls from the creative industries for harmonisation of online and offline copyright infringement offences.

 

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