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Submission + - Japan criminalizes downloading pirated content (

shoemilk writes: On June 15th, with an overwhelming majority, the Japanese Diet passed a law criminalizing ripping DVDs, and updated an existing law criminalizing downloading pirated materials. Starting in January of 2010, downloading pirated content was made illegal but without a stated punishment. This law has been updated to set a penalty of up to 2 years in jail or up to 20 million yen. (Link to Japanese article
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Japan criminalizes downloading pirated content

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I'm still waiting for the advent of the computer science groupie.