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Penalties of up to two years in prison for Internet content downloads in Japan

Penalties of up to two years in prison for Internet content downloads in Japan

(Cc @ whatimeanttosay)

Bad news coming from to start the week, as the government of that country has tightened laws that criminalize Downloads web content, increasing to two years the time you can spend in jail a netizen who dares download files in this way, action considered in that country by going against copyright.

The same story in other countries: The Japanese government, instead of worrying about adapting business models of the entertainment industry (film, music) and publisher of the age, has been dedicated to reform and toughen the users of the Internet who want to continue sharing content this way.

BBC explained in the discharge of materials protected by copyright in the Internet is considered illegal in Japan since 2010, but until now had not been set penalties. With the reform legislation, sets of two years in prison and / or fines of up to two million yen (about 20,000 euros or $25,000).

Meanwhile, who upload content protected by copyright Internet for others to download, ie the ‘suppliers’ materials may face penalties of up to 10 billion yen (or about U.S. $125,000 or 100,000 euros approximately ) and / or 10 years imprisonment: The entertainment industry in Japan insists that punish who upload the content is the most efficient way to stop ‘piracy’.

And is that Japan is the second largest music market in the world by sales figures, after the United States, as highlighted in the BBC, so it is easy to understand that after the reform of the Law and hardening of punishment, is the pressure from big entertainment companies, ie, they have driven sanction laws seeking netizens as Sinde, Hadopi, SOPA, ACTA, etc.

To all these, do you really believe the industries and governments that this is the solution to ‘resurrect’ to publishers, film and music? Honestly, I think the output is to find alternative business models, which consider the reality of the Internet and see it as a channel, as a tool, a strategic partner, leaving demonize and report them as the enemy to attack. Amen because someday happen.

Link: Japan introduce penalties for piracy illegal downloads (BBC)

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