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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    silverscarcat (profile), 28 Feb 2013 @ 2:43pm

    Re:

    So, in order to hear new music, you buy EVERYTHING in the genre you like, you don't listen to the radio, you put ear plugs in your ear when you walk into stores...

    And when buying a new video game, you don't ever play a demo of it.

    Or go to a book store and read a book to see if you'd like it...

    And I'm sure you've NEVER loaned a game, book, movie, song, etc to your roommates or friends, right?

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