Japan to impose jail terms and fines on illegal downloaders

The revised law will take effect on October 1 and offenders will not be indicted unless rights-holders file complaints.

On the flip side, unauthorised uploaders of content in Japan can currently be hit with up to ten years imprisonment and up to 10 million yen (approx £79.8 million).

Data from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) showed nearly 440 million legal music downloads in Japan against nearly ten times the amount of legal downloads.

While the music industry has ...

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