Originally Posted by pyan
The thing I find most odd about this whole thing is that the maximum penalty in the UK for "copyright theft" is 10 years imprisonment - exactly the same as running over and killing someone on a pedestrian crossing.
I think we've got our values wrong here slightly....
I was going to ask in which ancient Bill (and at what date) that penalty was first enshrined in law; but I see it was as long ago as 2002, in a Private Member's Bill introduced by one of the media's favourite MPs, Vince Cable, LD.
I'm guessing that this penalty is aimed at counterfeit goods - the law brings the penalty in line with trademark law and some aspects of fraud - which may have serious safety implications. (But we all now how laws introduced for one thing get used for others.)