Civil law is civil law, while criminal law is criminal -- and never the twain shall meet. Well, no. You can't have one without the other, to the extent that civil law is the basis for deciding entitlements to property, tangible or intangible, whose owners the the criminal law seeks to protect. That's why it may be important to know a bit more about the underlying policy of harmonised European law which, while addressing the civil law, has consequences for criminal law too.
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has been asked to give preliminary rulings on two questions referred to it by the Rīgas apgabaltiesas Krimināllietu tiesu kolēģija - Latvia in Case C-166/15 Ranks et Vasiļevičs. By way of scanty background [which is still better than nothing, but do readers know any more about the Latvian litigation?] the Kats can report that this reference concerns the legal protection of computer programs: as the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO)succinctly summarises it, "The criminal defendants allegedly sold various copyright protected products which, as computer program, are protected as literary works".
If you can't get the CJEU to change its mind, or even to make its mind up, never mind -- you still have some small opportunity to influence the outcome of events. Tell the UKIPO what you think and you may be able to persuade the UK government to enter the proceedings. Who knows what might happen then! To achieve this objective, just email firstname.lastname@example.org by 9 June 2015 and have your say.