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Online pirates could face 10-year sentence as UK plans to clamp down on illegal downloads

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In an attempt to clamp down on illegal downloads, the UK government is planning to introduce harsher sentences for online pirates. The new move comes in the wake of HBO sending out copyright infringement warnings to those who illegally download episodes of Game Of Thrones.

The HBO series was the most pirated TV show of 2015 and its season 5 finale was illegally downloaded more than 14.4 million times via BitTorrent, beating other shows such as The Walking Dead, Big Bang Theory, Arrow, The Flash, Mr Rboto, Viking, Supergirls, The Blacklist and Suits.

"As the owner of the IP address, HBO requests that [ISP] immediately contact the subscriber who was assigned the IP address at the date and time below with the details of this notice, and take the proper steps to prevent further downloading or sharing of unauthorized content and additional infringement notices," reads the warning message that HBO sent to people who illegally downloaded the show.

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http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/online-pirates-could-face-10-year-sentence-uk-plans-clamp-down-illegal-downloads-1559624

10 years!? Ain't Corporatism great? 

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