10 years isn’t a random number: the standard for copyright infringement of physical goods in the UK has been 10 years for a while. By changing this, the government stresses that digital arts are just as important as physical goods.
The UK creative industries are worth about £7 billion. Digital sales of music take a huge hit with piracy, as it’s much easier to steal. This change in law could be the answer.
The current United States punishment for stealing music is a maximum 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Additionally, copyright holders can sue up to $150,000 in statutory damages per infringement.