Japanese Police Arrested 18 Suspected Illegal File-SharersAdded: Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
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In January, Japanese police have been carrying out raids throughout the country. Those were carried out against people suspected of having uploaded illegal content to the web. As a result, 18 people have been arrested for uploading online films, music, and software.
The country’s Anti-Counterfeiting Association, also known as ACA, made up of different trade groups, including the International Motion Picture Copyright Association and the country’s Recording Industry Association, as well as different other movie, music and game entities, has been busy for the last month monitoring the country’s file-sharers. The outfit, of course, has been searching for copyright infringers, and it has found a few. Then, after the group had handed over its findings to the government, the police took action against the alleged individuals last week.
The operation only lasted for 4 days, as it started last Tuesday and finished on Friday. During the operation the police targeted fifty locations throughout Japan, which resulted in the arrest of 18 individuals. The anti-piracy outfit had said that the raids were not the first ones, as similar but smaller ones have been carried out in November 2010. Last time, eleven people have been arrested. What is more important, all of them, as the outfit reports, have been convicted.
As it is usually done in Japan, the country’s equivalent of the RIAA, called the Recording Industry Association of Japan, has published a list containing data like ages, sex, locations, occupations and files said to have been uploaded by alleged 18 file-sharers. The individuals range from a young taxi driver from Tokyo who is accused of uploading Cross Game, and Gundam 00 2nd Season, to an elderly construction worker who is said to have uploaded IBM Homepage Builder 12.
Meanwhile, what is interesting in these arrests is that none of the alleged individuals have been a really heavy uploader. For example, the worst two people have only uploaded six games, two comics and two music tracks altogether.
Earlier, downloading in the country used to be allowed for non-commercial purposes, but today both uploading and downloading of copyrighted content are prohibited by the law.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article
January 18th ,2011Posted by:
Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
|crazy country, just like in the US.|
extremely disproportionate level of enforcement compared to what they did.
|posted by (2011-01-18 20:43:23)|
|Holy cheese and crackers! They been Jap Slap...I guess they don't implement 3 strikes in Japan. Look on the bright side they be in more trouble if they peel of the stamp on a letter and reused it again.Wonder if any of them were red heads they be in a world of sh!t then.Japan does not like red head people killed many of our soldiers just because they had red hair....|
|posted by (2011-01-19 13:50:13)|
|Just unbelievable that law enforcement waste resources going after people who UL comics and the like. This world is going to hell quickly.|
|You have to remember this is a country that is freaking out and requires factory installed anti-pirating features into the cell phones there. You load a mp3 or what ever and the phone after ratting you out then shuts down..|
uax4it - besides the cutting off of heads contest they did in WW2; they also freaked out when they found out how small dings dings they have compared to the rest of the world hehehehe.... WHy do you think they hate us guygi so much?
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