It has been three months since the enactment of Japan’s Jail-time-for-Downloading Law and almost nothing has happened.
Since October 1st, downloading pirated material in Japan can result in two years in prison and a fine of two ($25,600 USD) for each pirated file. For uploading, you can be facing 10 years in prison and a fine of ten 115,320 yen ($115,320 USD) (3Yen/2012-07-02).
Let’s look at the boxscore of the Japan’s jackbooted jackasses of JASRAÇ (Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Çomposers and Publishers) and their assmonkeys at ACCS (Association of Copyright for Computer Software of Japan).
The following lists all the current arrests for copyright infringement involving illicit downloading/uploading –Google Translate of the official Japanese site: www2.accsjp.or.jp/criminal.
• 2012-Nov-22 (Case 8) Illegal distribution of Pachiko/slot machine “music” [painful noise] by Japanese hobbyists via “Icecast” on a US server—A man arrested by the Fukuoka Prefectural police’s ‘Cyber Patrol’
• 2012-Nov-19 (Case 7) A wall clock with an unlicensed photo AKB48 (3,400 yen / $39 USD) was caught being sold at Internet auction—A man arrested due to a copyright owner complaint
• 2012-Nov-15 (Case 6) Sales of pirated Microsoft Office Pro (60,100 yen total)—A man arrested because of a purchaser complaint
• 2012-Nov-06 (Case 5) Sales of pirated Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit (8,960 yen total) through an Internet auction site—An arrest instigated by copyright owner complaint
• 2012-Nov-01 (Case 4) Unlicensed pillow cover of AKB48 members caught being sold (6,660 yen total)—Three households raided and arrests made by the Tochigi Prefectural police’s ‘Cyber Patrol’
• 2012-Oct-22 (Case 3) One man uploaded “Ichitaro” wordprocessing software to a cloud storage site with the intent of sales—A man arrested because of a copyright owner complaint
• 2012-Oct-16 (Case 2) Upload pirated Tecmo Koei Games through WinMX—Three men arrested due to action of the police ‘Cyber Patrol’ in Fukuoka, Ukiha, Asakura and Ogori
• 2012-Oct-15 (Case 1) Uploading English teaching materials through the Cabos file-sharing program—A man arrested due to the action of the Ibaraki Prefectural police’s ‘Cyber Patrol’
A whopping eight cases and fewer than 15 people prosecuted—Your taxes at work!
Even more “effective” than those eight cases was that A Month After Japan’s Strict New Download Law Comes into Effect, Survey Suggests that Consumers are Spending Less Than Ever on Music (RocketNews24 | 2012/11/05).