However, the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 enables anyone to stand in the name of the Queen - so in theory surely the victim of infringement can take the faster (and cheaper) route of instituting a private prosecution of the infringing culprit? The CDPA penalties of imprisonment and a fine (with the potential, also, for an award of compensation) imposed by a Magistrates or Crown Court would , I imagine, act as a powerful wake up call. Limited companies could be challenged using this route as well as the individuals who control them. Section 110 CDPA states that, where an offence is committed, with the "consent or connivance of a director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body ... he as well as the body corporate is guilty of the offence". So the way is open (in the words of the most erotically charged principle in company law) to "pierce the veil of incorporation". And, any conviction would follow such an individual around! To paraphrase Dr Johnson (above, right), "[d]epend upon it, Sir, when a man knows he [is facing a summons for copyright infringement], it concentrates his mind wonderfully" (Life, Vol 3 19 September 1777).
What would be interesting to know is whether readers have tried this -- has it been successful?