A subcommittee for Japan’s Council for Cultural Affairs agreed on a plan Wednesday to create comprehensive laws banning the practice of knowingly downloading all illegal media on the internet. Japan’s Agency of Cultural Affairs already announced its plans to propose laws and penal sentences against downloading manga, magazines, novels, essays, and photographs. The current laws only punish the consumer of pirated media in cases that the media in question whether it be music or video, so in proposed revisions; the current laws would be expanded.
Wednesday’s meeting saw more delineation of the scope of the proposed revisions, downloading anime images, illustrations, that have illegally been posted on personal blogs, social media as well as in copying and pasting song lyrics. The law, however, would not be limited to directly downloading the images themselves; taking screenshots of illegal uploaded media would be against new laws.
The subcommittee acknowledged the difficulty in enforcing such laws, they would target acts that are parts of peoples daily lives, the meeting calls for limiting enforcement cases where the need is to fend off piracy. These cases usually may include those where an entire manuscript was downloaded, where the someone who is guilty of repeated offenses, or say, when real harm is done to the one who holds the copyright. The agency will continue to narrow down the requirements.
Also what was announced too is that the Japanese government will target “leech sites” that aggregate and hyperlinks to pirated media.
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