Download ‘pirates’ Face Jail Under New Japanese Law


Kevin Voigt
CNN
October 1, 2012

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Those who possess illegally downloaded of music or films in Japan can face prison term of up to two years and fines of nearly 2 million yen (U.S. $25,679), according to a new law which takes effect Monday.

The move is aimed to stop falling music sales in the world’s second largest music market, where industry officials estimate only one in 10 downloads are legally purchased.

[...] The Japanese music industry is hoping to replicate the success of South Korea, which has seen its global market ranking jump to 11th in the world from 23rd after the country cracked down on download piracy beginning in 2007, according the IFIP’s 2012 “Digital Music Report.”

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