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illegal music sharers could face up to 10 years in prison according to new goverment plans

The UK government are considering new plans that could lead to illegal music sharers facing a 10 year prison sentence.

The maximum prison sentence for online copyright infringement is currently two years. However, the Conservative government hopes to increase the maximum prison sentence by 8 years to deter individuals from downloading music illegally.
The new plans aim to target offenders who “infringe copyright for large-scale financial gain.”
According to Music Week, the consultation follows a study published in March, titled Penalty Fair? which aimed to "provide an evidence-based view" on whether the penalties available for copyright infringement were proportionate and correctly utilised.
Said Intellectual Property Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe: "The government takes copyright crime extremely seriously - it hurts businesses, consumers and the wider economy both on and offline. 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 news follows the announcement that copying CDs or DVDs has been ruled illegal again by the High Court. It means consumers cannot now technically copy a CD they own and use one version in the car and another at home.


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