[ComputerActive] UK opposes criminal sanctions for copyright infringement

The UK Government said it will oppose international moves to criminalise illegal file sharing, Computeractive has learned.

A document leaked by French advocacy group La Quadrature du Net shows that EU negotiators want criminal sanctions introduced into the international Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta).

"The UK is opposed to the creation of new criminal offences at UK or EU level through Acta,” a representative for the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) told Computeractive.