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Japan Passes Anti-Downloading Bill

22 Jun, 2012 By: Chris Tribbey

Japan’s legislature has overwhelmingly passed an antipiracy bill that punishes Internet users who download pirated content, according to the Japan Times news service.

The revision to the nation’s copyright law punishes those who download copyrighted content with a maximum of two years in jail and/or a fine of up to 2 million yen ($24,860), the news service reported.

Those who upload copyrighted content already face even harsher penalties: a maximum of 10 years in jail and a fine of up to 10 million yen ($124,301).

The new law will go into effect Oct. 1.

The Recording Industry Association of Japan estimates 4.36 billion music files were illegally downloaded in 2010, the news service reported.

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