Japanese Law Enforcement Uses New Copyright Law To Arrest 27 File Sharers

from the lock-'em-up dept

Last year, we noted that Japan had put in place ridiculously draconian copyright laws that criminalized unauthorized downloads, DVD backups and even watching infringing YouTube videos in some cases. And, of course, what good is a law if it's not used? So, Japanese law enforcement apparently went on a big raid, searching 124 locations and arresting 27 people. Those arrested may face between two and ten years in jail, because that's a reasonable punishment for sharing something. I don't see how this makes anyone respect copyright any more, or gives anyone any additional incentive to support the legacy players who are using this system to put fans in jail.

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    out_of_the_blue, 28 Feb 2013 @ 12:46pm

    Miss-the-obvious Mike strikes again.

    "I don't see how this makes anyone respect copyright any more, or gives anyone any additional incentive to support the legacy players who are using this system to put fans in jail."

    That's not the intent. Stopping copyright infringement is the intent.

    "Those arrested may face between two and ten years in jail, because that's a reasonable punishment for sharing something." -- Sarcasm? On so serious a topic? Out of place.

    Anyway, WISH were some serious consideration given by fanboys to just how much they're willing to risk to download some mere entertainment. -- I mean the kind which its owner intends to be paid for. -- Because any state, especially the US, will be happy to go as draconian as they can get away with.

    Whole area needs fought by other means. I'd suggest first of all to have an economist who's studied this area for a decade or so come up with some viable plan that will both reduce piracy and protect rights of owners. ... Now that's sarcasm, done right.



    Take a loopy tour of Techdirt.com! You always end up at same place!
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    All Techdirt logo T-shirts are hand-made. ... By laborers, a class of people whom Mike never even mentions, let alone favorably.

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