Arrests of illegal downloaders under Japan’s new Jail-time-for-downloading Law

The jackboots of JASRAÇ (Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Çomposers and Publishers) are having a crackdown on Japanese users who illegally download copyrighted music and video under Japan’s new Jail-time-for-downloading Law (3Yen/ 2013-01-01)

P2P file sharing software Winny user nodes significantly decrease by approximately 20,000
ITmedia News | 2013/02/23 (goofy Google Translate)
According to a survey conducted in January this year of Association of Copyright for Computer Software (ACCS), the number of P2P file sharing software users has been greatly reduced.
The survey results are from search-bot crawling the Internet looking for Japanese file sharing software that showed a decrease of 20,000 Winny nodes from March last year


parody-accs Note: “Share” is the replacement for Winny* (which stopped development because its Japanese creator was imprisoned a few years ago). Why Japanese love old-style P2P file sharing networks like Winny and Share is a mystery since modern BitTorrent clients have Japanese versions.


Arrests of 27 people in a crackdown of copyright infringement by Japanese using file-sharing software
My Navi News | 2013/02/23 (goofy Google Translate)
February 22, police announced the results of intensive crackdown simultaneous case of violation of copyright law of using file-sharing software. Police in 47 prefectures carried out these arrests in the fourth major crackdown since 2009.
According to the announcement of the authorities, carried out in three days from February 19 through 21 are simultaneously centralized enforcement

*Typical Japanese “Winny” zombie pirate downloader
zombie pirate ninja girl japanese

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12 thoughts on “Arrests of illegal downloaders under Japan’s new Jail-time-for-downloading Law”

  1. Also refer to…

    Japanese Police Arrest 27 File-Sharers in Nationwide Show of Force
    TorrentFreak / February 28, 2013
    Last year Japan introduced one of the toughest laws in the world for dealing with online piracy but with little visible action against file-sharers it was questioned whether the legislation would have teeth. That position has now dramatically switched, with police nationwide carrying out searches on 124 locations and arresting 27 people for online infringement. Those arrested face up to 10 years in jail.

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  2. I’m pleased to report that my door here in Tokyo is still on its hinges.

  3. LDP to propose that Japanese ISPs must save the Internet access records of their users | 2013 May 20 (goofy Google Translate)
     The Counter-Terrorism Committee of the Liberal Democratic Party proposed an Action Plan on Internet security measures that the government should take before the end of the year
    ISPs will be required to save of web access records of their users to assure a way of tracking them and to identify suspects of cyber crimeit was also proposed establishment of an organization to perform analysis and information gatheringmore...

    Original Japanese — Yomiuri Shimbun 20 May 2013

  4. Yes but the important question is, said-openWho gets the new shoes?said-closed This concept of ethical thinking is called Utilitarian...

  5. Copyright infringement—
    Five arrested for illegal uploading of music using “μTorrent” file sharing software
    JASRAÇ (Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers) website / June 21, 2013
    Five men in Osaka Prefecture have been sent to the Osaka District Public Prosecutors Office who had illegally uploaded music using “μTorrent” file sharing software.
    …Osaka Prefecture residents, two university students (both 21 years old), one high school student (18 years of age) and two part-time workers (a 33-year-old and a 23-year-old) …
    ..This has been the first time that JASRAÇ have had users of “Bit Torrent” file sharing prosecuted

  6. Good-luck-with-that Department…

    The Japanese government alongside 15 leading producers and distributors of anime and manga are set to begin a huge anti-piracy campaign against 580 sites. To complement the initiative the group will also launch a brand new portal directing pirates to official content being targeted by the scheme.
    nIn an effort to crackdown on Internet piracy, during October 2012 the Japanese government introduced new legislation targeted at file-sharers
    knowingly downloading copyright-infringing material became an offense carrying a potential two years in jail. While it was hoped that these measures would encourage consumers to do the right thing, today the problems persist.
    As a result, this week the Japanese government will act in order to preserve what it sees as one of its greatest cultural exports.
    Anime and manga are now consumed in countries right around the world and Japan sees this interest in Japanese culture as useful to its relationships abroad. However, with that popularity comes piracy, much of it facilitated by unlicensed overseas sites.
    In the hope of remedying the situation overseas, this Friday will see the launch of a massive anti-piracy campaign aimed at making a huge dent in anime and manga piracy.
    The government and 15 leading producers and distributors will begin contacting an estimated 580 “overseas pirate sites” with demands that they mass-delete infringing content. The sites are located in various regions, but there will be a particular focus on China.

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  7. In other news, an estimated 580 “overseas pirate sites” collectively said “meh” and deleted the email.

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