The British government is planning to raise the maximum sentence for online copyright infringement from two years to 10, but there are reports of a backlash from “the public” in an official consultation on the plans.

However, it turns out that this is a specific segment of the public: of the 1,011 dissenting submissions to the consultations, more than 900 were created with a submission form promoted by campaigning body the Open Rights Group.

That said, the 21 (!) responses supporting the new maximum sentence are also unrepresentative of the population: 20 of them came from businesses rather than individuals.

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