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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    Anonymous Coward, 28 Feb 2013 @ 12:56pm

    For what it's worth, these arrests are not solely a product of this new law, as Japan has been arresting people for uploading content, especially to the filesharing network "Share", for years now (with a story like this coming out a couple times a year for the last several years). For this story, based on http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-02-22/27-arrested-in-japan-for-file-sharing-including-2-pe rfect-dark-users , it appears that in this case at least most of these arrests were for uploading which was covered under the old law, rather than downloading which the new law covers.


    That is not to say either law is not ridiculous, but in this case it does not seem like this was a result of the new law, but rather a continuation of arrests of uploaders which could have happened with or without the new law that deals with downloaders.

    Also of note, the manga creator Hitode Jinbo was one of the ones arrested for uploading certain anime and games on share.

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