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The Copyright, etc. and Trade Marks (Offences and Enforcement) Act 2002

Section 1

6.This section raises the maximum penalty for conviction on indictment for the offences referred to in sections 107(4), 198(5) and 297A(2) in Parts I, II and VII of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, relating to those making for sale or hire or dealing in material infringing copyright, illicit recordings infringing performers’ rights and unauthorised decoders for conditional access services respectively. The new maximum penalty is an unlimited fine and/or up to 10 years in prison to reflect the seriousness of these crimes and to bring the penalties into line with the existing ones for similar trade marks offences. The changes made by the Act are to increase the maximum prison term from 2 years to 10. In addition, and for the same reason of consistency, this section also adds the option of six months in prison to the penalty for summary conviction in section 297A(2).

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