Anti-downloading law passed in Japan

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Oct 1, 2012
  1. soulx
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    A few hours ago Japan introduced new anti-piracy legislation designed to clamp down on illegal file-sharing. In most countries users are only targeted when they upload copyright-infringing material to other Internet users, but the new law’s wording means that simply downloading unauthorized material could result in a jail sentence.

    From today, knowingly downloading copyright infringing material can result in a two-year jail sentence or a fine of 2 million yen ($25,680). But there could be complications.

    Tracking uploaders of infringing material is a fairly simple affair, with rightsholders connecting to file-sharers making available illicit content and logging evidence. However, proving that someone has downloaded content illegally presents a whole new set of issues.


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    Wow, I wonder how big the backlash is going to be. I'm pretty sure that many Japanese citizens download stuff heavily like many of us.
     
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    This is fucked up :/
     
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    I don't think now is the time for such drastic laws. This will end badly for everyone involved.
     
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    2 years in PRISON?

    1: "What are you in here for?"
    2: "Downloaded Imagine:Horse Trainer. How about you?"
    1: "Murdered two people."
     
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    This is going end very very badly.
     
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    JAPCTA strikes again.
     
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    An isp might lose some of their customers if they were known to turn in their customers for such offences. I know I would probably be looking for a new isp if that ever happened here. I know for fact that here in USA an isp needs to keep logs of what you do on internet for 3 months (last I checked a few years ago).
     
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    The Iron Fist does not work in the 21st century.
     
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    It's like you haven't heard of Russia, alongside many other ex-USSR countries that disguise themselves as democracies. Mind you, the ones that didn't "liberate themselves". Or China, for instance. Or North Korea.

    Iron Fist works perfectly fine, it's a matter of the society, not the concept.

    That said, this law changes nothing. Knowingly downloading and/or sharing copyrighted content has always been illegal and penalized, this is just a law that specifically states penalties.
     
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    Let me expand it a bit:

    The Iron fist does not work in countrys that have actually arrived in the 21st century.
    Which dictatorships and fake democracies certainly have not. But Japan has.

    And if american and european citizens can fend off a law way less severe than this, then this cannot hold either.
     
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    That's debatable. Japan certainly has a technologically-advanced society, but certain obsolete traditional concepts have survived within their society due to its somewhat isolationist attitude towards cultural influences throught the years. Mostly in the past, but still. Now, I'm not saying they're backwards - they're merely different from us, and its up to the Japanese to decide whether they find this law to infringe upon their rights or not.
     
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    So if viewing copyrighted material on YouTube (or on any video hosting site) isn't specified in the law then why is it a concern?
     
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    *Technically* watching a stream is a form of downloading, since the video buffers up to the computer's memory, thus it downloads, in a way. That's a semantic issue though.
     
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    I see two results.

    1. The law is enforced. The court system overflows from backlogs and will end up like the Russian court system. Fucked up. Buildings the size of the Metropolitan Government skyscraper will be built to serve as prisons.

    2. Massive backlash and protests. The law is not enforced and dropped.

    Either way, big no.
     
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    With a wide interpretation of the law, they can get you for that.
     
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    Like I said - legal semantics. It would all run down to a fight between the defense and the prosecutor, the more experienced parrot would win.
     
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    Either this won't really be enforced at all, or there is going to be one hell of a shitstorm. At least that might serve as a deterrent for other nations with similar laws in the works.
     
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