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Japan Pirate Site Traffic Collapsed 50% in Four Months, With a Little Help From Cloudflare

News A report published by the Motion Picture Association reveals that traffic to pirate sites focused on Japan halved between March and June 2018. A significant part of the collapse is attributed to the closure of giant manga site Mangamura and two similar platforms. Interestingly, especially considering criticism elsewhere on the piracy front, information provided […]

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Japan: Piracy Warning Popups Could Violate Privacy

A report compiled by Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has concluded that presenting Internet users with warnings that they are visiting ‘pirate’ sites could breach privacy laws. Citizens’ traffic can’t be monitored without permission so any system would currently need users to opt in, something that would limit the effectiveness of any trial. […]

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Japan Abandons Tough Anti-Downloading Copyright Law

Japan’s government has decided to not to proceed with its controversial anti-piracy law. The proposals would have rendered the downloading of all copyrighted content illegal while criminalizing offenders with jail sentences of up to two years. The reforms will now go back to the drawing board. Distribution and uploading of copyrighted content without an appropriate […]

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Three Manga Pirates Sentenced to Prison in Japan

Three men who operated a popular site indexing pirated copies of manga publications have been jailed in Japan. The sentences range from two years and four months to three years and six months. The men are former student graduates in their 20s. With the support of the Japanese government, content creators in Japan are attempting […]

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Japan Planning Up to Two Years in Prison For Manga Pirates

While downloading copyright-infringing movies and music is illegal in Japan, downloading static images such as manga is not. According to local reports, the Agency for Cultural Affairs intends to criminalize the practice, with jail sentences of up to two years and fines of two million yen (US$17, 729) While uploading infringing content is generally considered […]