10-year jail sentence for online piracy “infeasible, unaffordable” say academics

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The UK government’s plan of extending the maximum jail term for online file sharing to 10 years has received a withering attack from the British and Irish Law, Education and Technology Association (BILETA). In its submission to the UK government’s consultation, obtained by TorrentFreak, the authors of its submission call the idea “not acceptable,” “not feasible,” and “not affordable.” They point out that it would require an assessment of compatibility with the right to freedom of expression included in Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which would limit the scope for UK government action here. – Glyn Moody, Ars Technica