Japan bans coping of DVDs

By on December 7, 2010
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If you are lazying around digitizing your home DVD collection, my dear Japan residents, might as well put your act together.  It may soon get banned to do so.

According to Japanese newspaper Asahi, the Agency for Cultural Affairs are currently preparing to revise the present Copyright Law that will see coping of DVD and Blu-ray movies as illegal, even if it’s done and restricted to the privacy of one’s home.

The bill will also ban retail distribution of decrypt softwares that makes ripping DVDs to the PC easier.

However, the new revision will not penalize for the act of copying – something that I am unable to wrap my head around. If copying is banned, and illegal, but it is non-punishable to do it if you did? Then why put up such a bill?

Anyway, the revision of the Copyright Law is likely to be submitted at next year’s Diet session.

Source: Asahi.


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