UK Looks To Increase Penalties For Commercial Online Copyright Infringement 10X

from the wrong-direction dept

When the "Gowers Report" on copyright first came out in the UK, we pointed out that it had a lot of bad ideas included. The one good point was that copyright length shouldn't be extended any more. So, now that the UK is planning to ignore that one good suggestion, it's moving forward with plans to implement the bad suggestions in the report -- such as increasing the fines for online copyright infringement by 10x. To be fair, this is focused just on "commercial-scale" copying where someone is profiting from the infringement. But, given how the recording industry works, how long until they look for ways to expand that definition or increase the fines for "personal copying" to keep them "more aligned" with the fines for commercial copying?

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Aug 2008 @ 4:23am

    Given that the entire claim from the recording industry is based around "copyright infringement is bad because we lose profit", they must assume that people would otherwise be buying the CDs... So by NOT buying them, people ARE "profiting" by copyright infringement, via saving money on not buying the CDs.

    Willing to bet someone will try that argument, sooner or later.

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