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Japan: Outlawing Illegal Downloads

Categories: East Asia, Japan, Breaking News, Digital Activism, Ideas, Law, Technology

id:seshiapple picks up [1] [ja] comments from a thread [2] on Japanese bulletin board 2-Channel in which IT journalist Daisuke Tsuda [3] asks 2-channelers: “The outlawing of [illegal] downloads is almost finalized, do you have any questions?” As reported in an IT media article [4] [ja] from Oct. 20th, Tsuda was the only member of a committee on the outlawing decision to oppose the idea, although many others, such as economist and blogger Nobuo Ikeda [5], have voiced similar concerns in the past [6]. An early comment explains that the move would make downloading copyrighted files through services such as BitTorrent illegal.