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Japanese Government Puts Restrictive Copyright Amendments On Hold Over 'Internet Atrophy' Worries

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Japanese Government Puts Restrictive Copyright Amendments On Hold Over Internet Atrophy Worries

Japanese Government Puts Restrictive Copyright Amendments On Hold Over 'Internet Atrophy' Worries

Call me surprised. We have been recently discussing a proposal in Japan to alter copyright law in the country to criminalize every single instance of copyright infringement, rather than saving any of that for the civil courts. The bonkers proposal would take the current law, in which all instances of copyright infringement on movies and music carry criminal penalties and expand that to essentially all copyright infringement everywhere. This would include screenshots, posting lyrics to songs, and the like. Shortly after all of this was announced, a large group of Japanese academics wrote an open statement to the government indicating their concern that allowing the new law to move forward would result in an extreme chilling effect on internet usage in the country. At the time, I said ...

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