[JURIST] A new Japanese copyright law that criminalize illegal downloads of music and video files came in effect on Monday. The revised law [materials, in Japanese] now imposes penalties [BBC report] of two years in prison and fines of up to two million yen (USD $25,627) upon those who illegally download copyrighted files. The law was revised in June with the purpose of protecting copyrights by preventing illegal downloads. Before the revision, the copyright law punished only those who illegally...

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