Copyright revision could severely limit Japan’s netizens…
Japan has revised its copyright laws that make illegal downloading of copyrighted video & audio files ”punishable by up to two years in prison or a maximum fine of 2,000,000 Yen ($25,106 U.S. dollars)”. The revision, passed yesterday, will go in to effect on October 1, reports Mashable.
Japanese attorney Toshimitsu Dan notes that “the revisions now forbid ripping and copying of copy-protected and encoded materials, selling software and hardware that circumvents copyright protection laws and intentionally downloading illegally uploaded materials.”
This issue is of great concern, especially when dealing with video sharing websites like YouTube. Essentially, “every time you watch a video on YouTube, your computer stores a temporary download file in the browser cache on your hard drive. These files are inconsequential under United States law, but the files could be construed as official downloads in Japan, leaving even the most YouTube-law abiding citizens subject to prosecution.”