Piracy, It’s a Crime: UK Govt. Ignored Warnings, Now Families Pay The Price
Before the UK passed the Digital Economy Act in 2017, critics warned that categorizing file-sharers as criminals would encourage “copyright trolls” to demand cash settlements while implying a criminal conviction might be an alternative. The government didn’t listen and it is now happening. One of the parties involved is FACT, the company behind the infamous ‘Piracy, It’s a Crime’ campaign.
It included an amendment to the Copyright, Designs and Patent Act that raised the maximum sentence for online infringement to 10 years in prison, with a basic threshold of simply exposing a copyright owner “to a risk of loss“.
This meant that anyone downloading and sharing a single song or a single movie using BitTorrent became criminals in the eyes of the law. For a country that routinely closes home burglary investigations within hours, criminalizing a few more million people was never going to end well.
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