UK: Sex Offenders More Deserving Of Internet Access Than Infringers
from the double-standards dept
Does the UK really have stricter punishment for copyright offenders than sex offenders? It appears so. As part of a ruling concerning kicking people offline for sex offenses, a judge ruled that to be unlawful (hat tip to MD1500 for sending this in). The ruling clearly states:
A blanket prohibition on computer use or internet access is impermissible. It is disproportionate because it restricts the defendant in the use of what is nowadays an essential part of everyday living for a large proportion of the public, as well as a requirement of much employment. Before the creation of the internet, if a defendant kept books of pictures of child pornography it would not have occurred to anyone to ban him from possession of all printed material. The internet is a modern equivalent.I don't know enough about UK law to know if this acts as a precedent that could apply to copyright cases as well, but it would seem to undermine a big part of the punishment set up by the Digital Economy Act there...