Pirate Radio

Wednesday, Nov 18, 2009

The Marine Broadcasting Offences Act, enacted in 1967 in the United Kingdom, extended in 1990 with the Broadcasting Act, and still in force today:

It shall not be lawful for a broadcast to be made from a ship or aircraft... If a broadcast is made from a ship in contravention of the foregoing subsection, the owner of the ship, the master of the ship and every person who operates, or participates in the operation of, the apparatus by means of which the broadcast is made shall be guilty of an offence...

A person guilty of an offence under this Act shall be liable— (a) on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding £400, or to both; (b) on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to a fine, or to both.

Marine, &c., Broadcasting (Offences) Act 1967, United Kingdom Acts, http://www.opsi.gov.uk/RevisedStatutes/Acts/ukpga/1967/cukpga19670041en_1.