Japan’s New Law – Fines, Jail Time For Illegal Downloads

Beginning Oct 1st, illegally downloading a copy of your favorite new song could land you in jail in Japan.

The country has instituted a new law that punishes those downloaders with up to two years in prison or fines of up to $25,700.

Torrent Freak, a blog that reports on online downloading, points out that there is something important and different about this law: Most countries already consider uploading copyrighted content illegal. But this makes downloading content illegal and also punishes the action with what Torrent Freak calls “one of the most draconian [punishments] in the world.”

The BBC reports that the punishments for uploading are even more severe. The BBC says that “in Japan illegal uploads of copyright infringing music and videos carry a maximum 10 year prison sentence and a 10 million yen fine.”

Read the rest of the story: Japan Introduces Stiff Fines, Jail Time For Illegal Downloads.

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