Increased penalties for online copyright infringement

The government is consulting on increasing the maximum custodial sentence for online  copyright infringement to ten years (in line with physical copyright infringement).

This was first recommended in 2006 and is supported by the current government following recommendations by the Intellectual Property Office in March this year.

The government considers that on-line infringement has become more significant and that there is no good reason for treating online infringement any differently to physical infringement, particularly given that there are links between online infringement and other criminal behaviour.

The consultation closes on 17 August 2015.

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