Japanese Lawmakers Push for Criminal Penalties for Copyright Infringers with New Bill

June 20, 2012 -

According to a Wired report, Japanese politicians are pushing hard for a new law that would make it a crime to download or make unauthorized copies of copyrighted material. The new law would also make it illegal to use copyright circumvention devices. Those breaking the law could face up to two years in prison and a two million yen ($25,400) fine. We assume the devices being referred to are like the R4 used to copy DS games...

While some lawmakers think that illegal downloading in Japan is a serious problem that needs to be dealt with in the strongest possible manner (two years in prison is a pretty strong deterrent), others believe there are better ways to deal with the problem.

"Allowing illegal downloads to exist as they do now will harm the growth of the Internet," argued Lower House member Hakubun Shimomura. "The illegal flow of material is a problem, but rather than strengthening the penalties, we should bolster the deletion of illegally uploaded content," Lower House member Takeshi Miyamoto said.

According to the Wired report, the amendments are supported by Japan's three major political parties. The law would affect just about every media you can think of - from games and DVD's to music and movies - as well as software designed in the country to circumvent copyright protection and facilitate downloading.

Source: GamesIndustry International

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Comments

Re: Japanese Lawmakers Push for Criminal Penalties for ...

That is bad, Japan, bad. How about you take a page from Denmark?

Re: Japanese Lawmakers Push for Criminal Penalties for ...

Criminal penalties for illegal downloading?  I can dig it.

Backing up content you own or simply using a device that could circumvent copyright?  No.  Bad lawmakers, bad.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Japanese Lawmakers Push for Criminal Penalties for ...

You can't have one without the other, and frankly you go after the source of the illicit distribution not the end user.


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.

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Re: Japanese Lawmakers Push for Criminal Penalties for ...

Sure you can.  Watch:

-Illegal downloading is illegal.

-Making personal backups of stuff you own is legal.

-Using a device that can circumvent copyright is legal so long as you don't do anything illegal with it.

Gosh, that was easy.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Japanese Lawmakers Push for Criminal Penalties for ...

Sad and scary...... watch the US clone it.


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.

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Re: Japanese Lawmakers Push for Criminal Penalties for ...

What are you talking about? Japan got the idea from the US.

Re: Japanese Lawmakers Push for Criminal Penalties for ...

Ya but we are not there yet.


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.

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