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Japan Considers Revising Scope of Law on Downloading Pirated Content

by arsonal
Nov 22, 2018 8:14 PM | 91 Comments
Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs, the government body promoting Japanese arts and culture, is considering a proposal by print publishers to revise the national copyright law. The proposal seeks to broaden the scope of online downloading activities that are considered illegal to include knowingly downloading pirated still images, such as scanned books.

Japanese copyright law already prohibits the act of creating and distributing copies of pirated content, but it specifies the deliberate downloading of only pirated video and music works as illegal.

According to Nikkei Business Publications, the proposal will be submitted to the Diet, the national legislature, when the next ordinary session convenes in the beginning of 2019. The measure was introduced on October 29 onto the agenda of the subcommittee which oversees publishing and copyright matters at the Council for Cultural Affairs. It follows four months of meetings held by an intellectual property strategy working group which involved top publishing executives and legal experts.

Domestic publishers have asked the government to include still images in the scope of copyright law as large-scale websites distributing pirated print content—namely Free Books, Haruka Yume no Ato, and Mangamura—have emerged since 2017. At the inaugural meeting of the working group in June, the publisher Kodansha said it stands to lose ¥500 million in sales of digital comics every month because of these "leech" sites.

The revision initially called for publishers to work with law enforcement and web providers in blocking access to such websites. Legal experts in the working group, however, raised concerns that monitoring Internet access could be a violation privacy laws. Article 21 of the Constitution of Japan stipulates, "No censorship shall be maintained, nor shall the secrecy of any means of communication be violated." Therefore, the group sought precedent in the video and music industry, which prohibited downloads of pirated video and music content in 2010 and also introduced penalties.

A Kodansha public relations official also echoed this stance in an interview with Nikkei Business Publications earlier this month: "For Kodansha, our first and second priorities are regulating leech sites and making still image downloads illegal. Next is introducing new legislations for automatic filtering, controls on advertisement and distribution, raising awareness on copyright, etc."

Publishers believe the revision will have a deterrent effect on the act of casually downloading pirated content. But rights groups argue that lawmakers and publishers have not clearly defined what still images are considered pirated. For example, screen captures of a website or a Twitter user's profile image using an animation still can be construed as pirated content.

"Finding information that you care about on the Internet and saving it is what everyone does on a daily basis. If it becomes illegal, people will be hesitant to gather such information and eventually the 'right to know' may be restricted," says rights activist Koutarou Ogino in a statement to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper. Ogino is the founder of Uguisu Ribbon, a campaign designed to improve awareness regarding protecting freedom of speech.

The Movements for Internet Active Users, an association of Internet user rights advocates, also expressed worry about encroaching restrictions by the government. "We are concerned that further cases which threaten the rights of general users will increase," the association said in a statement released on November 9.

Responding to these concerns, the earlier Kodansha official points out that, under current law, there have been no arrests where an individual only downloads video and music works and does not upload them. He asserts that arrests are made when an individual uploads pirated content using peer-to-peer software. The official says publishers would like to see lawmakers close the loophole in Internet users' view that "using pirate sites is not illegal."

According to the Asahi Shimbun, the Council for Cultural Affairs is still considering whether future legal restrictions are necessary in the first place and to what extent content that is clearly pirated is subject to regulations. Lawmakers will continue to deliberate on the appropriate wording on any eventual law.

Source: Asahi Shimbun Digital 1, Asahi Shimbun Digital 2, Nikkei xTech

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Good fucking luck bros. Cut off one head, another 10 will grow.

Nov 28, 2018 12:31 PM by Stripes

TomDay said:
hotsushikun said:


Yeah, and i strongly support piracy more than the anyone else.

no way! i can have you beat in my piracy love (ง •̀_•́)ง


No combat today, piracy has become the best common things in an least-developed countries like mine. I had the reason to torrent it and play the games no matter what how it costs and how expensive is.

What if Japan parnters with Denuvo, they could block from cracking their Japanese games all the times. And it could lead an depression on why Japan is acting so different from the rest of the world.

(sorry for my poor English)

Nov 28, 2018 1:51 AM by hotsushikun

hotsushikun said:


Yeah, and i strongly support piracy more than the anyone else.

no way! i can have you beat in my piracy love (ง •̀_•́)ง

Nov 27, 2018 8:43 PM by TomDay

TomDay said:
aybekay said:
man stupid pirates are trying to defend themselves in this thread LMAO.

no-one defending piracy, they're supporting it.


Yeah, and i strongly support piracy more than the anyone else.

Nov 27, 2018 1:42 PM by hotsushikun

aybekay said:
man stupid pirates are trying to defend themselves in this thread LMAO.

no-one's defending piracy, they're supporting it.

Nov 27, 2018 1:34 PM by TomDay

man stupid pirates are trying to defend themselves in this thread LMAO.

Nov 27, 2018 1:23 AM by aybekay

I'll give the Diet an A for Effort.

Nov 26, 2018 9:52 PM by Linerax

hotsushikun said:



Yeah, piracy need to be relaxed all over the world, and allow free stuff to be sold. Here is the video here about what if money is never used:


Being free for all the sort of stuff would be amazing for these kind of "What If" video we're happend on it.

I also wait for my FIFA 19 to get cracked while PES 2019 already got cracked, i hope FIFA 19 gets cracked sooner or enough. I was so psychotic back in the day when FIFA 19 isn't getting cracked yet and i got an abuse attack from my families for this.

well as i said before piracy will happen whether it will be relaxed or not. the internet is highly exploitable.

Nov 26, 2018 8:37 PM by TomDay

TomDay said:
hotsushikun said:


I know one user mdo7 even concerns on why piracy is Korea is still rampant for K-Pop, K-Drama even though piracy leads to an sell very well with it while Japan, piracy is still rampant for anime, manga, video games (and occasionally J-Pop, J-Drama, etc) and that Japan is scared of piracy.

Seriously, piracy should be concerns all over the world and i wonder how comes Japan is an only country to act like xenophobic to the world about their stuff getting pirated for no reasons.

Piracy is the way to watch thing for poor people who can't afford money all the time, i live in a poor country and i don't even have a money enough to pay and play the games, which is why i torrent the games every time and everywhere.

Even mdo7 told me that he thought that Hong Kong drama used to be popular in Asia, but it isn't it got an one users on quora who explained on why HK drama weren't popular and why they could be exported worldwide as written by Peter Wong on Quora, here you go:
https://www.quora.com/What-do-you-think-of-V-POP-or-Vietnamese-pop-music/answer/Peter-Wong-180

(sorry for my poor English)

mdo is my friend, i know him. and it's entirely irrelevant whether piracy is harmful or not, it's extremely exploitable and will never stop. as my link said, companies should learn to work WITH pirates, not against them. because in the end the pirates win. every. single. time.

as for my own opinions, i am a huge supporter of piracy because (1 in this day and age when you have to pay for EVERYTHING getting something for completely free is awesome and (2 i don't give two fcks if a company cries over losing money when they already have millions and millions of dollars and (3 i AM one of those poor people who have nothing. like seriously, right now, if you had a dollar that would be a dollar more than i have right now.


Yeah, piracy need to be relaxed all over the world, and allow free stuff to be sold. Here is the video here about what if money is never used:


Being free for all the sort of stuff would be amazing for these kind of "What If" video we're happend on it.

I also wait for my FIFA 19 to get cracked while PES 2019 already got cracked, i hope FIFA 19 gets cracked sooner or enough. I was so psychotic back in the day when FIFA 19 isn't getting cracked yet and i got an abuse attack from my families for this.

Nov 26, 2018 11:18 AM by hotsushikun

hotsushikun said:


I know one user mdo7 even concerns on why piracy is Korea is still rampant for K-Pop, K-Drama even though piracy leads to an sell very well with it while Japan, piracy is still rampant for anime, manga, video games (and occasionally J-Pop, J-Drama, etc) and that Japan is scared of piracy.

Seriously, piracy should be concerns all over the world and i wonder how comes Japan is an only country to act like xenophobic to the world about their stuff getting pirated for no reasons.

Piracy is the way to watch thing for poor people who can't afford money all the time, i live in a poor country and i don't even have a money enough to pay and play the games, which is why i torrent the games every time and everywhere.

Even mdo7 told me that he thought that Hong Kong drama used to be popular in Asia, but it isn't it got an one users on quora who explained on why HK drama weren't popular and why they could be exported worldwide as written by Peter Wong on Quora, here you go:
https://www.quora.com/What-do-you-think-of-V-POP-or-Vietnamese-pop-music/answer/Peter-Wong-180

(sorry for my poor English)

mdo is my friend, i know him. and it's entirely irrelevant whether piracy is harmful or not, it's extremely exploitable and will never stop. as my link said, companies should learn to work WITH pirates, not against them. because in the end the pirates win. every. single. time.

as for my own opinions, i am a huge supporter of piracy because (1 in this day and age when you have to pay for EVERYTHING getting something for completely free is awesome and (2 i don't give two fcks if a company cries over losing money when they already have millions and millions of dollars and (3 i AM one of those poor people who have nothing. like seriously, right now, if you had a dollar that would be a dollar more than i have right now.

Nov 26, 2018 11:04 AM by TomDay

Botan-Chan45 said:
hotsushikun said:
@TomDay @Botan-Chan45

I know one user mdo7 even concerns on why piracy is Korea is still rampant for K-Pop, K-Drama even though piracy leads to an sell very well with it while Japan, piracy is still rampant for anime, manga, video games (and occasionally J-Pop, J-Drama, etc) and that Japan is scared of piracy.

Seriously, piracy should be concerns all over the world and i wonder how comes Japan is an only country to act like xenophobic to the world about their stuff getting pirated for no reasons.

Piracy is the way to watch thing for poor people who can't afford money all the time, i live in a poor country and i don't even have a money enough to pay and play the games, which is why i torrent the games every time and everywhere.

Even mdo7 told me that he thought that Hong Kong drama used to be popular in Asia, but it isn't it got an one users on quora who explained on why HK drama weren't popular and why they could be exported worldwide as written by Peter Wong on Quora, here you go:
https://www.quora.com/What-do-you-think-of-V-POP-or-Vietnamese-pop-music/answer/Peter-Wong-180

(sorry for my poor English)
>tells me to look at quora
This is the mosy elaborate joke ive seen


Are you joking me???

Nov 26, 2018 5:49 AM by hotsushikun

hotsushikun said:
@TomDay @Botan-Chan45

I know one user mdo7 even concerns on why piracy is Korea is still rampant for K-Pop, K-Drama even though piracy leads to an sell very well with it while Japan, piracy is still rampant for anime, manga, video games (and occasionally J-Pop, J-Drama, etc) and that Japan is scared of piracy.

Seriously, piracy should be concerns all over the world and i wonder how comes Japan is an only country to act like xenophobic to the world about their stuff getting pirated for no reasons.

Piracy is the way to watch thing for poor people who can't afford money all the time, i live in a poor country and i don't even have a money enough to pay and play the games, which is why i torrent the games every time and everywhere.

Even mdo7 told me that he thought that Hong Kong drama used to be popular in Asia, but it isn't it got an one users on quora who explained on why HK drama weren't popular and why they could be exported worldwide as written by Peter Wong on Quora, here you go:
https://www.quora.com/What-do-you-think-of-V-POP-or-Vietnamese-pop-music/answer/Peter-Wong-180

(sorry for my poor English)
>tells me to look at quora
This is the mosy elaborate joke ive seen

Nov 26, 2018 5:46 AM by Botan-Chan45

Swagernator said:
@hotsushikun so wait a second you want to be korean or japanese ? Korean right ?


No, i don't want be an Korean nor Japanese, i just wanting something my little opinios about piracy how culturally differs between countries.

Nov 26, 2018 1:54 AM by hotsushikun

@hotsushikun so wait a second you want to be korean or japanese ? Korean right ?

Nov 26, 2018 1:51 AM by Swagernator

@TomDay @Botan-Chan45

I know one user mdo7 even concerns on why piracy is Korea is still rampant for K-Pop, K-Drama even though piracy leads to an sell very well with it while Japan, piracy is still rampant for anime, manga, video games (and occasionally J-Pop, J-Drama, etc) and that Japan is scared of piracy.

Seriously, piracy should be concerns all over the world and i wonder how comes Japan is an only country to act like xenophobic to the world about their stuff getting pirated for no reasons.

Piracy is the way to watch thing for poor people who can't afford money all the time, i live in a poor country and i don't even have a money enough to pay and play the games, which is why i torrent the games every time and everywhere.

Even mdo7 told me that he thought that Hong Kong drama used to be popular in Asia, but it isn't it got an one users on quora who explained on why HK drama weren't popular and why they could be exported worldwide as written by Peter Wong on Quora, here you go:
https://www.quora.com/What-do-you-think-of-V-POP-or-Vietnamese-pop-music/answer/Peter-Wong-180

(sorry for my poor English)

Nov 26, 2018 1:20 AM by hotsushikun

Botan-Chan45 said:

ok dude, im done. This is just too funny for me.

lmao bye then, what a dumb reason to pick an argument over

Nov 25, 2018 8:04 PM by TomDay

TomDay said:
Botan-Chan45 said:
That's like calling all of america as idiots for some politicians move. (Ajit Pai, that video game guy, ect)

and what are they? americans, so they qualify. i don't see what you're grabbing at here.
ok dude, im done. This is just too funny for me.

Nov 25, 2018 7:46 PM by Botan-Chan45

Botan-Chan45 said:
That's like calling all of america as idiots for some politicians move. (Ajit Pai, that video game guy, ect)

and what are they? americans, so they qualify. i don't see what you're grabbing at here.

Nov 25, 2018 7:42 PM by TomDay

TomDay said:
Botan-Chan45 said:
>calls the japanese goverment people
Japs dont really even hate pirate sites. Free shit means people like it no matter what country.

the government being regarded as a people in a country isn't so far fetched. besides all that, i wasn't talking about the government as the entire people. i meant the people as a whole. and since the government also holds japaenses people, put two and two together.
That's like calling all of america as idiots for some politicians move. (Ajit Pai, that video game guy, ect)

Nov 25, 2018 7:24 PM by Botan-Chan45

Botan-Chan45 said:
>calls the japanese goverment people
Japs dont really even hate pirate sites. Free shit means people like it no matter what country.

the government being regarded as a people in a country isn't so far fetched. besides all that, i wasn't talking about the government as the entire people. i meant the people as a whole. and since the government also holds japaenses people, put two and two together.

Nov 25, 2018 6:24 PM by TomDay