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Downloading Any Pirate Content To Be Made Illegal in Japan

Postby MrFredPFL » Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:44 pm

Story : https://torrentfreak.com/downloading-any-pirate-content-to-be-made-illegal-in-ja





Last year it was reported that an advisory panel for the Cultural Affairs Agency was considering the possibility of rendering the downloading of a broader range of content as a criminal offense, roughly in line with laws passed in 2012 outlawing various forms of file-sharing. This week, those plans took a significant step forward.

According to local sources, a government panel adopted the new policy on Wednesday, recommending to the Cultural Affairs Agency that current anti-downloading legislation should be expanded to cover all copyrighted content. The Agency is now expected to submit a bill to amend the Copyright Act.

What remains unclear are the punishments to be handed down and under what circumstances.

The original recommendation of up to two years in prison and fines of two million yen (US$18,052) appears to be still on the table but a Mainichi report states that might only apply to those committing serious offenses, such as repeatedly downloading pirate content.







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