Japan Passes Jail-for-Downloaders Anti-Piracy Law
Posted in: Online TV/Music at 22/06/2012 14:25
Japan's legislature has approved a bill revising the nation's copyright law to add criminal penalties for downloading copyrighted material or backing up content from a DVD. The penalties will come into effect in October.
The Upper House of the Japanese Diet approved the bill by a vote of 221-12, less than a week after the measure cleared the lower house with almost no opposition. Violators risk up to two years in prison or fines up to two million yen (about $25,000).
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Jail time, fines for illegal downloads debated in Japan [IDG]
A revision to Japan's copyright law to impose criminal penalties on those who illegally download music and movies has sparked debate in the country.
On Wednesday, Japan's parliament passed a measure to revise the law so that downloading is a criminal activity, punishable by up to two years in jail or a fine of up to ¥2 million (US$25,000). The revisions will go into effect from October. Currently violations are considered a civil matter.