Online piracy will no longer be a criminal offence in the UK

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The British government has now decided to decriminalise the piracy of films, music and games – meaning that users caught downloading and sharing pirated material will no longer be fined or prosecuted.

Starting in 2015, those caught pirating material online will receive four letters telling the individual that they have committed an illegal offence….and, well that’s it.

The reason for the change in policy is that the government have found the current punishment plans to be largely unworkable – and pretty sensibly so. Ofcom recently released figures stating that almost a quarter of all downloads in the UK were of something pirated – which would be a hell of a lot of people to prosecute.

While after next year individuals will no longer be fined or prosecuted, the government says it will still continue to try and stop the funding of pirating sites, but overall – it seems like our government has given up the fight against online piracy.

For more information on the policy check out the full bill here.

For the rest of us – its time to dig out that Jack Sparrow costume and get on the rum.

4 comments for “Online piracy will no longer be a criminal offence in the UK

  1. silva
    July 25, 2014 at 15:34

    It’s about time in my eyes can’t wait for this to start and all Internet providers to start allowing torrent sites again, next the war on drugs it’s failing it needs to change and stop been funded by so much money top article

  2. July 25, 2014 at 17:12

    This is amazing. Imagine the number of warez websites that will be hosted in the UK starting next year. The UK will become the next country where warez sites will look for hosting, like Russia and Sweden are now…

    • Amy
      July 26, 2014 at 07:12

      Maybe you missed the part where it says they will still target pirate sites… so the blocks and everyone making the sites will still be blocked and pulled down…

  3. smith
    July 25, 2014 at 19:13

    …… They’re still going to try prevent Piracy by hitting the sources (Websites) . Just not fine users for downloading from them lol.

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