by Mike Masnick
Thu, Feb 28th 2013 11:56am
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.
If you liked this post, you may also be interested in...
- New Zealand Court Says Kim Dotcom Still Eligible For Extradition... But Not Over Copyright
- Nation's Police Chiefs Disagree With Trump's New Tough On Crime Executive Orders
- Court: Unsupported Assertions And Broad Language Aren't Enough To Support Cell Phone Searches
- New Report On Encryption Confirms There's More Of It, But Still Not Much Of A Problem For Law Enforcement
- Prosecutors And Anti-Sex Trafficking Advocates Aren't Happy With The Government's Treatment Of Backpage