Originally Posted by crich70
I think it will probably continue to be Civil rather than Criminal myself. I mean it isn't a violent crime against a person like murder or something. At least I have yet to hear of an author dying because someone pinched an illegal copy of one of their books. Short of changing to a Draconian legal system whereby even the smallest of crimes is punishable by several decades in jail or even execution I can't see that changing any time soon.
Nobody is suggesting that copyright infringement should be punished by "several decades in jail" - please don't put words into peoples' mouths.
The issue is not the scale of punishments for copyright infringement, but the fact that the entire legal process is beyond the reach of all but the largest companies, and so unwieldy that it's effectively unenforcible. I don't know the details of what this BREIN group is proposing, but something really does need to be done to allow small content producers to take advantage of the protection that the law claims to offer them, but in reality doesn't.