2 Years in Prison for Downloading Copyrighted Materials in Japan

文化庁The Japanese government has just passed a new law, stating that whoever downloads copyrighted materials will be facing a effective sentence of up to 2 years in prison. Monday’s new amendment to the rules, which were originally accepted in June, states that ripping protected materials is also an act of crime, even if it is just for personal use.

With fines of up to 2,000,000 Japanese yen (about 19,900 euro), the country of technology becomes one of the most severely punishing places for such acts. The Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs is definitely innovative here. On the official website of the institution, one can also find Q&A about the new laws and inform themselves.

Also, the government is strengthening the information chain within schools and academies, so that minors will be as informed about what downloading and uploading protected information will result in if caught.

Source: Agency

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5 thoughts on “2 Years in Prison for Downloading Copyrighted Materials in Japan

  1. I really hope that this is something that won’t live for too long. After all, thinking that do buy my DVDs but rip them constantly to be able to watch them on different machines… being a criminal even when doing it fr personal use… :(

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