Does Life Mean Life? - The Fight over Whole Life Tariffs

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As has been widely reported, the Court of Appeal has approved the use of "whole life tariffs" for murderers, seemingly contradicting the European Court of Human Rights. But as the reporting seems to miss some of subtleties of the judgment it is worth a closer look.

tl;dr: the ECtHR thought English law was unclear as they were getting different messages from the Government and Courts - the Court of Appeal said this was fine as the Government was wrong and could be ignored.

The full judgment from the case is available here: R v McLoughlin [2014] EWCA Crim 188

UK Government wants to throw filesharers in jail

OVERBEARING UK GOVERNMENT ministers have called for custodial sentences for persistent filesharing offenders.

The INQUIRER spoke with Loz Kaye, leader of the UK Pirate Party. He told us in a statement, "It is beyond belief that the coalition continues to swallow the copyright fundamentalist line uncritically. These draconian proposals of 10 years for 'digital copyright theft' are completely out of proportion. Compare to the 30 months that Stuart Hall got for indecent assaults on girls, for example.

Thursday, 23 January, 2014 - 23:00

Hard Time for Copyright Infringers

Friday, 24 January, 2014 - 13:15

In Monday's debate on the Intellectual Property Bill Mike Weatherley, Intellectual Property Advisor to the Prime Minister and also Vice President (Europe) for the Motion Picture Licensing Company, attacked those who download copyright infringing material, labelling them as criminals. His goal is for young people to persuade their peers against such activity and for persistent offenders to potentially face custodial sentences.

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

Filesharer sentenced to three years' probation

A 58-year-old grandmother has become the first person in Scotland to be convicted of illegal music downloading.

Muir was caught downloading the tracks after an investigation by two music trade bodies, British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and the International Federation for the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

Loz Kaye, the leader of the UK Pirate Party, said he was "hugely dismayed" by Muir's "disproportionate sentence". He added: "The evidence should have been properly tested in court. It seems now there is a pattern of rights holders targeting vulnerable people to score quick wins for publicity."

Tuesday, 31 May, 2011 - 23:00

Surfthechannel owner sentenced to four years over piracy

Anton Vickerman, whose website had around 400,000 users a day, was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to defraud in June following an eight-week trial at Newcastle crown court.

He is the first British man to be jailed in the UK for a website that linked to illegal copies of films and TV shows.

However, critics of the private prosecution described the jail term as "deeply concerning, inappropriate and disproportionate". Loz Kaye, leader of the Pirate Party UK, said the prosecution should never have been brought and was driven by private interests.

Tuesday, 14 August, 2012 - 01:00

Russia Today: Manning Sentencing

Live Breaking News of Manning Sentencing A US military judge has sentenced Army Pfc. Manning to 35 years in prison. Manning faced up to 90 years behind bars, while prosecutors sought to put the whistleblower away for a minimum of six decades.

Wednesday, 21 August, 2013 - 23:00

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