In October this year in Japan, illegal file-sharers could face jail time over offenses.
On the surface illegal downloaders could be looking down the barrel of two years in prison or fines of up to 2 million yen while 'unauthorised uploaders' face punishments 5 times harsher with a potential jail time of 10 years.
Further still, the 'ripping' of content in a way that bypasses digital copy protection is also facing a clampdown with local and national governments now legally obligated to educate youngsters on the nature of illegal download prevention.
The reason? In 2010 the RIAJ, Recording Industry Association of Japan courted data showing nearly 440 million legal downloads and ten times the illegal kind - that's 440 billion downloads!
Makes you wonder, do harsher laws stop the downloads?
source: FACT Mag