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 @ 5:59pm

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    Nope Micro$oft just launched Office with those same restrictions, the app will scan your machine, build a fingerprint and if it changes it refuses to run.

    Of course their idea is to make it unpalatable for customers forcing them to upgrade to the Office 360 in the cloud which doesn't have those things and the most important part, Microsoft doesn't have a granted monopoly, it may have a virtual monopoly(aka natural monopoly), but it doesn't have an artificial monopoly that would force everybody to buy Office this is why they don't do it, but of course the MAFIAA people don't have that problem, after all they were granted the right to a monopoly and so they can do whatever they want to do for life + 75 years or more, frak me.

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