Penalties for online copyright infringement

The DE Act includes plans to increase the maximum prison sentence for online copyright infringement to ten years. This is to bring it in line with the sentence of offline infringement. However, the criteria for how the offence is worked out mean that people who share files, for no commercial gain, could be at risk of a jail sentence. Rather than bring online infringement in line with offline infringement, they are standardising prison sentences for very different crimes.

We want the Government to change the wording so that minor copyright infringements are penalised appropriately and not by long prison sentences.

Watch Jim Killock- our Executive Director - talk about the copyright issues in the Act.


Kevin Brennan MP argued in Parliament that this Act risks emboldening copyright trolls.