Japan's New Copyright Law?

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  1. guest

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    The news on the street told me that Japanese government is applying a new copyright law. A little research and I found this:
    https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130228/10465722152/japanese-law-enforcement-uses-new-copyright-law-to-arrest-27-file-sharers.shtml

    Is this the new law? Or is there anything newer? I haven't paid much attention on Japan's version of DMCA for quite some time. This is quite surprising (and a bit troublesome) for me. Anybody who knows more info about this can give some words for us all, please? Thank you.

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  2. justpeace

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    Sorry to say it, but Japan's copyright law has little in common with the DMCA.

    - Japan imposes criminal penalties which are harsher than any IP enforcement in Europe, canada, Australia or the US.

    Japan has realized more than the most copyright maximalist organizations in the US could get away with.

    japan lacks any strong Bill of Rights and civil society, so what they have is a copyright debate in which the proponents of SOPA would likely be considered libertarian.

    As far I know this is not primarily driven by pressure from the United States but is rather an outgrowth of local protectionism.

    Interestingly, japan also has a vibrant file sharing darknet especially PerfectDark (unfortunately closed source).

    If you think that copyright law is out of balance in the western world, you haven't thought of the developing world.
     
  3. Veeshush

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    My gist is that they're targeting people from their own country.

    http://torrentfreak.com/japanese-police-arrest-27-file-sharers-in-nationwide-show-of-force-130228/

    Anime or other Japanese media torrents, from what I understand, have always been in a gray-illegal zone. As it's barely been enforced in Japan till now, I'm thinking that anyone outside of Japan isn't going to be mass hunted anytime soon.

    But because like any other copyright law in any other country- you can bet there's going to complications where it does nothing but needlessly censor and control people. They're an island nation with a huge western and worldly audience, so I feel any means to stop the spread of their media is just going to hurt their companies financially.
     
  4. Dave0291

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    Whatever laws they try to enforce, it won't work. Ask the RIAA and MPAA how they are doing, they've given up to the point that ISPs have resorted to "warning" letters threatening to slow down speeds. Not that that matters since they slow it down anyway should you be a law abiding Netflix user. The more you try to censor or ban something people want, the more crime you end up having. It's just that simple.
     
  5. Paranoid Eye

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    thank you for that last statement someone who gets it haha !

    I have been saying that line for many years just a little different, the more you ban the more demand. Its just that simple.
     
  6. TairikuOkami

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    Indeed, I especially hate, when they remove fan made videos from youtube. Those videos made me to buy some anime movies, I even consider buying some TV series.
    How can people find out about something, if they can not even look at it, I do not mean the whole movie, but just a video from it and some area really great, were. :'(
     
  7. guest

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    By no means I similarise US DMCA with Japan's copyright law of digital media distribution.

    I know that Japan's influence is not powerful enough to enforcing the laws to the whole world, and I know in reality this would only give effect on uploaders. But this at least would cut off some traffics. Even if only by a small amount it's still troublesome. It's just a bit surprising for me because last time I heard (although very long ago) Japan was on the medium level of internet restrictions. Even that subway map agreed with this. So knowing it's been already applied since 2012 kind of broke my prediction.

    I just hope that worldwide market is not going to be ended up with those lame localisation dubs. They're always doing it wrong.

    Maybe, maybe not. There are hearsays saying that Japanese people are afraid of pirating.
     
  8. Veeshush

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    What's wrong with 4kids dubs? ;)

    TV is a dying medium, but we barely get any foreign stuff to boot. Ovation channel showed Tokyo Godfathers with subs a few times, and sometimes Seven Samurai is aired. That's about it. If not for the internet, and the few times Adult Swim has aired something decent (which they rarely do anymore) we'd all think Pokemon was Japan's highpoint.
     
  9. guest

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    Failed puns? Deleted scenes? Unaired episodes? Come on, localisation is always a bad thing, just like pollution. :p

    Hoho, I can confirm I agree with this. Even worse if most of the TV channels are owned and controlled by political parties, it morphed into a pandora box. Better to not touch that evil thing. :argh:
     
  10. wallpapers

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    Good luck Japan, I’m behind 7 proxies. Maybe I will put all my personal info on a USB key and strap it to a cat :argh:
     
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