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This study was commissioned by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) to provide an evidence-based view on whether the criminal sanctions for copyright infringement available under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA 1988) are proportionate and utilised.
The study focus is on the difference in the sanctions available for copyright infringement that apply to online criminal activity – often referred to as ‘piracy’ - compared with those relating to physical goods.
The research gathers quantitative data from 2006-13, qualitative views and evidence from stakeholders.