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Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 10 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his policy is on penalties for (a) physical and (b) online copyright infringement; and if he will make a statement. (241331)

Penalties for criminal copyright infringement must be proportionate to the harm caused to UK industries, so that they act as an effective deterrent. We have recently (31 October) completed a consultation on introducing exceptional summary maxima (above £5,000) in the magistrates courts for offences of online and physical copyright infringement.