Spying technologies to deter unauthorized uploaders in Japan

By on June 25, 2012
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ISPs being asked to install the spying technologies to block illegal uploads

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The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ), is taking a step further to deter illegal uploads in the country, reports TorrentFreak. Japan, having revised their copyright laws earlier this week, has made downloading of copyrighted video & audio files illegal – the sentence carries a minimum jail term for up to two years.

Having developed a system that is capable of automatically finding out illegal music uploads before they hit the Internet, ISPs are being asked to implement this to their network. The ISPs have to integrate them to the system; or else it won’t work.

The connections of users are first spied on; then the data is compared to an external database having digital fingerprints. Gracenote, with intermediate systems by Copyright Data Clearinghouse (CDC) will provide the fingerprinting technology.

The rightholders want the ISPs to automatically block the illegal content as soon as a match is found – with most likely a warning letter to the uploaders.

Once installed, the ISPs can potentially avoid being held responsible for copyright infringements. Promoted to them as a benefit, the license will cost around $600/month.


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