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Academics Issue ‘Emergency’ Statement Over Japan’s Proposed Download Law

Postby MrFredPFL » Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:14 pm

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Since 2012, downloading music and movies that have been illegally placed online has been prohibited in Japan under the country’s Copyright Act.

With punishments of up to two years in prison and fines of two million yen (US$18,039) on the table, the public clearly needs to know where the line will be drawn. As it stands, however, the recommendations seem absolute. If a user believes something – anything – to be copyrighted and placed online illegally, they are breaking the law by downloading it.

Understandably, this is not only causing concern among Internet users, but also those who feel that such a broad law could prevent research, stifle creativity, and cause the public to lose faith in the true purpose of copyright.

In an ‘Emergency Statement’ signed by 87 academics, researchers, lawyers, and other experts, the government is urged to think again about the scope of the proposed legislation. Under the current proposals, the group believes that private copying could be rendered illegal, even to the extent of outlawing screenshots for private use.

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