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Japan toughens sanctions against content downloads

Japan toughens sanctions against content downloads

Last week we spent a few minutes talking about Portugal and the dump that had been given to a lawsuit filed by the Trade Association for Cultural and Audiovisual Works Entertainment 2000 Portugal against Internet piracy accused. The result? The prosecution dismissed the case because, according to Portuguese law, sharing copyrighted content for personal purposes is not an illegal act. However, this small ray of light, unfortunately, is usually an exception because the pressure of the lobbies of the film industry and Music often materialize “as laws” as the Law Sinde-Wert of Spain.

In , without going any further, the lobbying campaign that has kept the music industry has gotten tougher sanctions related to “piracy” to the extent that Internet users who download copyrighted content could face penalties ranging from 2 years to 10 in prison and penalties of about 2 million yen, that is, $25,000 (20,000 euros) minimum.

The downloading of copyrighted content has always been considered illegal in Japan since that was typified in 2010, however, lacked financial and criminal penalties. This change, as we mentioned at the beginning, is motivated by a lobbying campaign conducted by the country music industry that has made up songs and music videos to the network are a crime that carries a maximum 10 years in prison and 100,000 euros for maximum financial penalty.

With this shift, which is intended to protect at all costs the music industry and completely abandons the prevention or finding new business models, Japan introduced a legislation as of the record which demonizes and pursued the user. Is it not possible to find new ways and business models? On more than one occasion we have been asked this question and, in my opinion, the music industry has settled on an outdated model that attempts to maintain at all costs (and in the case of the music industry, Japan is the second largest market for after the United States).

According to the Japanese recording industry association, illegal Downloads outnumber song purchases by a factor of 10 to 1, specifically in 2010 were 4,360 million downloaded songs and videos compared to the 440 million that were purchased, a trend that nip and intend to have enjoyed the complicity of political representatives despite popular protests.

Glancing at the case of Portugal, in which charges are dismissed because they shared the contents for personal use, the dramatic shift in Japan criminalizes precisely this practice, in short, a huge step backwards.

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