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Japan: Police Arrest Journalists For Selling DVD-Backup Tools 252

Posted by timothy
from the selective-enforcement dept.
Modellismo writes "Last week four journalists from Sansai Books were arrested for selling, through the company website, a copy of a magazine published last year (with a free cover mounted disc) focused on how to backup/rip DVDs. They violated Japan's Unfair Competition Prevention Law that recently has been revised to make illegal the sale of any DRM circumvention device or software. It's interesting to note that Japanese cyber police could arrest the Amazon Japan CEO, too, as the online giant is selling a lot of magazines, books and software packages for DVD copy and ripping: exactly what put Sansai Books' staff in trouble."
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Japan: Police Arrest Journalists For Selling DVD-Backup Tools

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  • by Dunbal (464142) * on Sunday July 22, 2012 @08:47AM (#40729231)

    Unfair Competition Prevention Law

    Most people would think that this law is designed to prevent unfair competition. What it really means is it's an unfair law to prevent competition.

    Also, getting governments to step on other people for you is apparently NOT unfair competition...

  • Obey. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by neoshroom (324937) on Sunday July 22, 2012 @09:15AM (#40729321)

    There are ways to dispute a law you disagree with. Disobeying it is usually not a good way.

    The bus driver said to Rosa Parks.

  • Re:Japan: (Score:5, Insightful)

    by MightyYar (622222) on Sunday July 22, 2012 @09:48AM (#40729451)

    It's like you believe Korea does not even exist!

    Corporations are an extension of government - it should not surprise anyone when they work together.

  • not in the USA (Score:5, Insightful)

    in the USA, government is an extension of Corporations

  • Re:Journalists? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by AmiMoJo (196126) <mojo @ w orld3.net> on Sunday July 22, 2012 @10:31AM (#40729617) Homepage

    The simple fact is, most people don't give a shit about injustice until it effects them personally.

    Not true. 2 million people protested against invading Iraq in the UK. The problem is that they are powerless. We invaded Iraq anyway. Come election time when we could have thrown the government out we also had to consider things like the economy and the fact that the other lot were tossers and would probably have done the same.

  • Re:Journalists? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Cwix (1671282) on Sunday July 22, 2012 @10:40AM (#40729653)

    No, people shouldn't be allowed to have many, many orders of magnitude more then the average person.

    When the CEO makes 200 million and the employees make minimum wage, then something is wrong. When someone can watch people who live on the streets suffer from menatl and physical ailments and they feel nothing, then something is wrong. When someone makes more money the the GDP for some small countries, then something is very very wrong. Then when you grant personhood to a corp, something is so wrong its not even comical anymore.

    Just having more does not make wealth inequality except in the strictest of definitions. Its when you have more money then a very large swath of the population put together that you get wealth inequality.

  • Re:Obey. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by 91degrees (207121) on Sunday July 22, 2012 @11:03AM (#40729775) Journal
    She didn't just disobey it. She flagrantly disobeyed it, in full knowledge that the NAACP branch she was secretary of would support her. This is one of those exceptions where disobeying is a good idea.

    If these guys have decided to disobey the law in order to challenge it in the courts then that's cool, and I look forward to seeing their well prepared legal battle.
  • Re:not in the USA (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Lisias (447563) on Sunday July 22, 2012 @11:57AM (#40730005) Homepage Journal

    someone: what's the term for this insane level of assimilation between political, corporate, and aristocratic power?

    Idiocracy.

  • by aaaaaaargh! (1150173) on Sunday July 22, 2012 @12:00PM (#40730019)

    "Cyber" is a short form for "cybernetics", a former science that has been surpassed/replaced by control theory and dynamics system theory.

    Just because a few thousands clueless politicians use the term the wrong way doesn't mean that they successfully have redefined its meaning.

  • Re:Journalists? (Score:5, Insightful)

    yes, i agree with everything you said, and i celebrate these facts

    now: what is the republican agenda in regards to what you have cited?

  • Re:Anime fansubs (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Microlith (54737) on Sunday July 22, 2012 @12:42PM (#40730243)

    this does raise the question of how anime can be fansubbed at all if the episodes can't be recorded and shared with the "outside world.

    No it doesn't. That question has been answered for ages: fansubs are copyright violations, period, and only exist because it wasn't worth the time or effort to pursue those doing it. Once upon a time fansubbers had respect for the studios in Japan and the US and would stop doing releases once it was licensed, then the warez kiddies came in and took over.

  • by hairyfeet (841228) <bassbeast1968@gm[ ].com ['ail' in gap]> on Sunday July 22, 2012 @03:24PM (#40731225) Journal

    But once it becomes part of common language frankly your arguments become grammar nazi crap. Take virus, I'm so damned tired of listening to the geeks have a royal shitfit over whether something is a virus, a rootkit, or a trojan because for all intents and purposes the common word for ALL computer bugs is virus. That is what the public has chosen, that is what works, and you can't change the language of the entire damned planet because you don't like what they use to describe computer bugs.

    Language changes, it morphs and grows and mutates constantly, and there is simply nothing you can do about it. The word car came from carriage...do they LOOK like a carriage to you? No and in fact i doubt most of the public even knows that word came from the era of the horse and buggy, nor do they care. Accept it and move on folks.

  • Re:Japan: (Score:2, Insightful)

    by lister king of smeg (2481612) on Sunday July 22, 2012 @06:34PM (#40732111)

    that has squat all to do with bowing to corporations that has to do with putting the back up generators below sea level leading to them failing and thus turning off the cooling system for the nuclear fuel rod leading to a meltdown during a tsunami, the hole thing was due to poor planing and not enough preparation.

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