|The UK Parliament considered the new Digital Economy Bill, which is supposed to replace current copyright law. The changes include the increased maximum sentences for online piracy – it is increased five-fold, from 2 to 10 years, despite public protest. These plans were announced back in 2015, with the UK Government saying that the current maximum of 2 years is not enough to deter copyright infringers, according to the study commissioned by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO). The IPO suggested to increase criminal sanctions for online copyright infringement to bring them into line with related offenses, such as counterfeiting. The most interesting fact is that the sanctions were equal from the very beginning.
Before considering the bill, the Government launched a public consultation, where the vast majority of the responses asked the authorities not to increase the prison term. However, lawmakers decided otherwise, and now the word “two” in the draft law is simply replaced with “ten”.
If adopted in its current form, the bill in question allows courts to hand out tougher sentences. It must be said that copyright owners have lobbied for this update for a while, claiming that harsher penalties may help deter Internet users from committing large-scale copyright infringement. The UK government agreed, saying that a maximum sentence of ten years allows the courts to apply an appropriate sentence to reflect the scale of the offending.
Of course, this introduction does not mean that casual file-sharers will now end up in jail for 10 years. But organized pirating groups like the Scene or release groups are likely to be punished more harshly.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Friday, July 8th, 2016
|If they make it a law they will use it and abuse it and end up handing out time like its the thing to do. Its gonna be brutal. Its more time than peeps get for manslaughter. So may as well kill some a-hole for real before you take that sentence. 10 years ugh!|
|british government moves to increase the amount of monster factory production that come out of prisons. just adds to the problem there and more strain on governments and then they will be outsource this to private prison companys. they do this already in USA. britian dont become a ungovernable country, like usa.|
|"Before considering the bill, the Government launched a public consultation, where the vast majority of the responses asked the authorities not to increase the prison term. However, lawmakers decided otherwise, and now the word “two” in the draft law is simply replaced with “ten” "...After giggling that so many people responded and believed they were actually getting a say in the matter.|
|@3 -- as Mark Twain said: "If voting actually made any difference, they wouldn't let us do it."|
|posted by (2016-07-08 17:28:14)|
|Well Oscar Pistorius only got 6 years out in 4 for blowing his wifes head off with a shotgun so im not too worried lol|
|posted by (2016-07-08 23:19:16)|
|@flubbyhippos they already are outsourcing a lot of the prisons here in the U.K and have been doing so for for over 20 years now with companied like UKDS, Premier and G4s. This country does everything the U.S does apart from allow us to carry firearms.|
|posted by (2016-07-09 08:13:01)|
|The penalty for a crime involving money has always been worse than other crimes. For example, paedos get 2 - 10 years while bank robbers get 10 - 20 or stab or rape and get 4 years but rob a jewellers and get easy 10. System is shameless.|
|I like it. White collar crimes should get the same consideration then those jackasses making these laws will also be in prison.|
|posted by (2016-07-10 12:13:37)|
|agree with the comments already posted, money theft gets u jail time in a private prison - ffs!!, cause harm to someone and get a nominal sentance. tv and movie companies have got to get a better business model, the concept of different release dates and geolocking of programmes / movies encourages people to try and watch them as soon as they can. don't blame the downloaders, blame the distributors.||
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