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.

Filed Under: arrests, criminal copyright, file sharing, japan, law enforcement


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 28 Feb 2013 @ 1:17pm

    Re: Re: Re: Miss-the-obvious Mike strikes again.

    Frankly, I would think you'd be happy with the reaction you get on this blog.

    You are after all a unpleasant little prick that provides no useful dialog in how to make the system of copyright work for all of society.

    I would rather have a tough as nails pro-copyright commenter here that took the time to provide useful dialog. At least with that person, some consensus would be found.

    Far as I can tell, you are just here to make noise and ensure everyone here understands how horrifically the entertainment industry hates the rest of the world.

    Frankly, I think your boss will one day wake up to the fact that people like you are hurting the public image of what the entertainment industry is. I can only hope you at least get fired and at best, are found of violating a few federal laws.

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