Police Arrest Man For Running Pirate Site Linking to Anime, Movies, TV Shows
In 2020, Japan passed amendments to copyright law to combat so-called ‘leech’ sites – platforms that carry no content themselves but provide links to pirated content hosted on external servers. According to local anti-piracy sources, a man has now been arrested for offering links to thousands of movies and TV shows including content owned by production companies Toei and Toho.
In 2012, Japan passed legislation that made it illegal to download unlicensed movies and music from the Internet.
Eight years later, Japan’s parliament passed new copyright amendments that banned the unlicensed downloading of manga, magazines and academic texts from the Internet, in line with the previously outlawed media categories.
At the same time, it introduced provisions for dealing with so-called ‘leech’ sites, platforms that index or link to copyrighted content hosted elsewhere.
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