The Digital Economy Act 2017 received Royal Assent in the wash-up period before the dissolution of Parliament, and has finally been published. The Act contains a number of interesting provisions relating to IP. Dates for these provisions to take effect have now been confirmed.
Maximum sentence for copyright offence of communicating copyright works to the public will increase to ten years
The Act contains a number of controversial measures. In particular, the maximum possible sentence for communicating copyright works to the public (in s.107(2A) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988) will be extended from two years to ten years from 1 October 2017.
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