Japan: When We Say No To Piracy We Mean It

Those namby pamby Americans huh? When it comes to stopping online piracy the Japanese don’t hold hands or give out six warnings. They just kick ass. Big time.

Over a 3 day period there were intensive raids across 124 locations in all 47 regions of Japan leading to 27 arrests.


Back in October of last year the Japanese government passed an amendment to the Copyright law which brought in stiff criminal penalties for those who both upload and download protected content knowingly.

Uploaders already faced up to 10 years in jail as well as a fine of up to 10 million yen (about $108,000). Now downloaders faced up to 2 years in jail as well as a fine of up to 2 million yen (about $21,600).

These arrests covered the sharing of music, movies, anime, games and business software.

“The Recording Industry Association of Japan confirmed that at least two of the arrests related to their products. The first concerned a 41-year-old who had allegedly uploaded music using the file-sharing software ‘Share’ and the second involved a 42-year-old who allegedly uploaded a video clip using the same tool.

The MPA-affiliated Japan and International Motion Picture Copyright Association (JIMCA) say that a 40-year-old man was arrested February 19 for allegedly uploading copyrighted movies using the P2P software ‘Share’.”

It certainly sounds like the Japanese have sent a strong message out here. Whether its the right one is something I think many people would have an opinion on but at least they are, like us in the UK, backing up their laws eh?

photo: nWevurski

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