Japan competes with Panama to pass the world's worst copyright law


10 Responses to “Japan competes with Panama to pass the world's worst copyright law”

  1. Sigmund_Jung says:

    Conspiracy mode on:
    Copyright enforcement is a big deal because it “softens” and opens the door for governments to embed their own filterings. I would bet that is why you don’t see any official outrage when the (c) lobbies impose these insane laws. These things will be dorment in the Internet infrastructure, until governments need them. Then, it will just be an extension of the status quo.
    That’s why everybody is complaining, but all government representatives are always very quiet.

    • bzishi says:

      Nah, copyright enforcement is a big deal because it allows legislators to get big campaign contributions and cushy lobbyist jobs when they leave office (*cough* Chris Dodd *cough*).

  2. bzishi says:

    Is this a diagram of the copyright law or of a uranium reprocessing plant. It is tough to tell.

  3. teapot says:

    FWIW Japanese.. uh.. “media” has been just as easy to download of late. Speeds actually seem faster than they were previously. It appears their scaremongering BS isn’t working on people.

  4. One might be more sympathetic to Japanese copyright holders (JASRAC, the music copyright organisation seems to be the driving force behind these regulations) if they actually produced anything ‘original’ in the first place!!

  5. There’s an awful lot of misinformation about this out there, and nobody seems to be wanting to rush in and correct it, because this law has nothing like the teeth it was originally claimed to have. The prison sentence for downloaders was shoehorned in at the last minute by the copyright lobby without giving it any thought, and when actually thought about, it’s unenforceable for all intents and purposes. It doesn’t apple to streaming sites like YouTube, it cannot be pro-actively enforced without a specific complaint from the rights holder, and the rights holders are all Japanese industry manufacturers of lowest common denominator cash cows with no artistic value whatsoever. Passing the law was a victory of face saving, and that’s about it.

  6. bombjack says:

     Sorry, there is perhaps a little victory in the story….they got their black boxes for monitoring, filtering and make DPI in the Internet. 

    On the other hand if they tighten it to much, there will be more users at the freenet-project….


    •  They haven’t. They’ve demanded it is all (and that was months ago) and there’s currently no indication that they’re going to get it. Individual ISPs would have to pay for this privilege too, which nobody is going to do unless all the others do it first. Today’s story is just that the updated law comes into effect today.

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