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Illegal Downloading Now a Crime In Japan With Increased Penalties 286

eldavojohn writes "Although downloading songs without paying for them in Japan used to be a civil offense starting in 2010, it is now a crime with new penalties of up to two years in prison or fines of up to two million yen ($25,700). The lobbying group behind this push for more extreme penalties is none other than the RIAJ (the Japanese RIAA). The BBC notes this applies to both music and video downloads which may put anime studios in a particularly uncomfortable position."
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Illegal Downloading Now a Crime In Japan With Increased Penalties

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  • Re:Start at the top (Score:4, Informative)

    by JockTroll ( 996521 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @09:08AM (#41512307)
    Are you so naive as to think the law applies in equal measure to the proles and to the lords of the ruling elite? Grow up.
  • by shoemilk ( 1008173 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @09:15AM (#41512351) Journal
    One big thing about this law is a DMCA-like crack down on circumventing DRM and most Japanese language articles about this talk about it including making copies of movies or CDs that you rent. I didn't go to a rental store today, but it's always been one of my personal pleasures to walk into a movies store and the main display when you walk in is piles of blank CDs and DVDs. The largest chain Tsutaya often doubles as a bookstore with books and magazines teaching you how to rip CDs and DVDs were prominently displayed. I might go down tomorrow to see if it's changed at all. Though when the price of a new CD is generally $30+, it makes a lot of sense that most Japanese people would just rent and rip.
  • Basic Math (Score:4, Informative)

    by Mansing ( 42708 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @09:44AM (#41512575)

    Population of Japan: ~128 million
    Estimated Illegal Downloads: 4.38 billion

    That works out to be a 34 songs per person per year in Japan. Somehow the mathematics just aren't there ....

  • by lanevorockz ( 667614 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @11:40AM (#41513791)
    btw, In Brazil music is not a intelectual property ... only the lyrics can be protected ...
  • Re:Somewhat fair (Score:5, Informative)

    by melikamp ( 631205 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @11:43AM (#41513813) Homepage Journal

    Until the advent of the Internet, "piracy" referred exclusively to commercial distribution. You decided to side with **AA and start calling non-commercial distributors, a.k.a. sharers, pirates. Have you ever copied or made a mix tape or CD for you friend, pirate?

    But it's not a excuse to download it for free...

    Hey, let's see what UDHR says. I don't know if you care at all about this particular document, but we have to start somewhere, and UDHR represents a rather broad consensus on the subject of human rights.

    Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

    Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.

    Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

    It is very clear that consenting parties have a bloody right to exchange any information, and especially anything of cultural or scientific value, and you have no business meddling, as long as the exchange is non-commercial. If a Chinese printer is selling bootleg CDs, shut him down. If a torrent site makes ad money, take it down. But when you bring the hammer to individual sharers, that's a clear-cut case of censorship and oppression. Do you want to live in a country where people are jailed for emailing a file to a friend? Because that's what you are advocating.

    There are many ways to reward artists for their labor, but you and your MAFIAA friends pretend that isn't so. You would like us to believe that the ONLY way to reward recording artists and movie makers is through a system of universal censorship and surveillance. You ignore the fact that other options are on the table: a system of voluntary donations and a culture tax are among them. These are perfectly sound ways to protect material interests of artists without throwing people in jail, but I guess you'd rather continue living in an oppressive state where the human right of free expression is spit upon, and where music, movie, and news businesses are run by racketeers. Good sailing, my friend.

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