If you’re a regular online pirate in Britain, you may want to stop now. UK Government just introduced the new Digital Economy Bill, which despite public protest has increased the maximum prison sentence to ten years.
This frightening change followed a study by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO), which suggested that the previous maximum sentence of two years was not enough to stop online copyright infringement - concluding that criminal sanctions should be brought in line with similar offences like counterfeiting.
The government opened a public consultation before, asking for feedback from the public. But the outcry of protest against a longer prison term seems to have gone unheard, as lawmakers decided to go with a full decade irregardless.
But it’s highly unlikely you’re going to get 10 years as a casual downloader. A previous statement from the government states that the maximum sentence “allows the courts to apply an appropriate sentence to reflect the scale of the offending.” Simply put, it will be reflective of your level of piracy - if you’re a member of a mass torrenting group, chances are you’ll go down for a decade.
If you’re a more casual pirate, you’ll still feel a wrath if caught, but with an “appropriate sentence” that reflects the level of piracy.
Let’s not mince words here - I love memes. The intelligence, the wit, the randomness, the dark humour - they provide inappropriate laughter to my otherwise dull day. But the latest trend of “Can you tag *INSERT NAME HERE*? I’m looking for him” is a God awful addition to news feeds across the globe, which needs to disappear.
Netflix has gotten to know their 86 million members pretty well, and the latest research proves that. The streaming company has released new data that shows how people are binge-watching content, uncovering some strange tendencies amongst people.
The dust has settled around the Galaxy Note 7’s explosive end, and one question remains about Samsung’s recalled phone: Why did they actually explode? Thanks to a teardown of the device by engineering firm Instrumental, we may have the answer.
For the centuries that humanity has researched the brain, we’ve believed that a memory is only preserved if the connected neurons were active. But that has just been proven wrong, as scientists have discovered that small jolts of electricity to the cranial mass can actually recover lost memories.
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What happens in Vegas gets blogged about in January… Extremely thrilled to announce that New Rising Media is making the trip out to cover CES for the first time ever. But this isn’t just any CES, it’s the 50th anniversary of this legendary technology show.
Probably the most requested Netflix feature has now become a reality. In their new update, you can now download movies and TV shows for offline viewing.
People who signed that petition – you’re too late. The Investigatory Powers Act has just been given Royal Assent, meaning that UK Government is soon to become one of the most advanced surveillance states on the planet.
Thanks to a petition with over 120,000 signatures, the Investigatory Powers Bill – Britain’s new surveillance plans – could soon be repealed.
The Autumn Statement may have distracted you from this, but The Investigatory Powers Bill is now as good as passed, with the Digital Economy Bill shortly behind.
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