Japan’s bandaid solution to illegal downloading of music

The Recording Industry Association of Japan—the RIAJ—has come up with a literal bandaid solution to illegal downloading of music and media. Check out the following RIAJ press release (goofy Google Translate).
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STOP! Illegal downloads campaign
RIAJ / 2013 July 24 (Google Translate)
with the revised copyright law that came into force in October 2012 for the purpose authorizing (prison) penalties for private illegal downloading, the RIAJ will continue to implement educational activities with this campaign this fiscal year as educational tools to distribute at summer concert festivals such as Fuji Rock Festival ’13 and SUMMER SONIC 2013, the RIAJ will offer free novelty bandages (shown below) with Japan’s new legal download “El mark” → el mark.

el pacmanpeople


To learn more about the new draconian Japanese download law, refer to the previous posts:
   • Arrests of illegal downloaders under Japan’s new Jail-time-for-downloading Law
          (3Yen / 2013-02-26)
   • ‘Let’s fighting American governments to save the free pirate! For great justice!’
          (3Yen / 2012-07-02)

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3 thoughts on “Japan’s bandaid solution to illegal downloading of music”

  1. Japan enacts two-year jail terms for illegal downloading
    Draconian laws mean 10 years for uploaders
    The Register | 1st October 2012
    Downloading pirated material in Japan can now earn you two years in prison and a fine of two million yen ($25,600) for each purloined file, with uploaders facing 10 years in the Big House and a fine five times as large.
    The laws – some of the toughest ever enacted against illegal downloaders – were passed in June after strong lobbying from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). Downloading has been illegal in Japan for the last two years, but as a civil offense with no sanctions, not a criminal matter with jail time…more…

  2. Good-luck-with-that Department…

    torrentfreak.com | July 28, 2014
    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.

    jackboots stomp people of japan

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

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