Half of the world’s population is now online. That’s around 4 billion people worldwide with access to the internet. Little wonder then that intellectual property rights holders are having to take active steps to respond to the infringement challenges that this multi-territorial digital marketplace presents.
Occasionally, governments respond directly to curb infringement online. For example, on 1 October new legislation came into force in the UK increasing the custodial sentence for criminal online copyright infringement offences from 2 to 10 years, matching the sentence for the same offences with physical goods. Also within the last few days, Europe’s highest civil court, the European Court of Justice (ECJ), handed down a judgment which could make it easier for owners of Community registered designs to tackle online infringement across multiple EU member states.