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Japan Introduces Piracy Penalties For Illegal Downloads

Japan-based internet users who download copyright infringing files face up to two years in prison or fines of up to two million yen ($25,700; £15,900) after a change to the law.

Such activity has been illegal since 2010, but until now had not invoked the penalties.

It follows a lobbying campaign by country’s music industry.

But critics said that efforts should have remained focused on stopping users making such material available.

Source: BBC News

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