The EU and UK are taking some radical measures aimed at those who wish to stream copyright-protected content. At the end of April, the Court of Justice of the European Union has categorically ruled that the temporary reproduction of copyright-protected work – without the consent of the rights holder – cannot be deemed as exempt from “right of reproduction”.
On May 4th, The British Government’s Digital Economy Act received royal assent, meaning anyone caught sharing illegal files in the UK could now be imprisoned for up to 10 years. Until now, the maximum jail term for copyright infringement was 2 years.
Although the new bill is mainly aimed at stopping those distributing content illegally, end users could also end up in trouble.