UK government misguidedly wants to put pirates in jail for up to 10 years


The UK government will ask Parliament to grant it new powers that would allow people found guilty of copyright infringement to face up to 10 years in jail. That would put the maximum sentence on a par with ‘possession of firearm with intent to cause fear of violence’ and ‘administering poison etc. so as to endanger life.’ Both of which feel like altogether more serious crimes. In all likelihood, the maximum penalties will only ever be given to the biggest infringers – people uploading and running piracy operations that net them income, but it signals an ongoing crackdown on infringers at all scales.…

This story continues at The Next Web

from UK – The Next Web http://thenextweb.com/opinion/2016/04/21/uk-wants-power-put-pirates-jail-10-years/

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