British government is distressed that every business will soon have a copyable digital product or component.
Law enforcement figures indicate illegal copying of for-sale product is still on the rise.
Fewer sales mean fewer jobs and decreased taxes.
So the UK House of Commons took a bold step this week.
They recommended “that the maximum penalty
for serious online copyright theft
be extended to ten years’ imprisonment.”
According to their Ministry of Justice the average jail sentence for rape “was in excess of eight and a half years,” which is actually higher than the average prison sentence for manslaughter.
Governments are terrified.
Making a copy and not paying the investor, the manufacturer and the retailer for their merchandise is becoming a norm.
Cue hopeless prohibition, part 2.