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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    Anonymous Coward, 28 Feb 2013 @ 4:14pm

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    What makes this more hilarious is that Japan's economy is already in big trouble. Youngsters already have problems finding jobs because Japanese society is so ingrained in corporate loyalty, businesses would rather hire old guys all the time and refuse to vacate those positions for newcomers. Japanese society is so repressed as a whole they have places like the "Suicide Forest" where people actively kill themselves every year.

    Their population can't replace itself, their economy is in the fucking shitter, but somehow just like Greece and Italy they'd rather find more ways to demand money off people who can't afford to buy content en masse.

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