Japan Eyes Internet Content Regulation

Aron Schatz
December 28, 2007

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Japan may be taking a step closer to restrictive content and such on the Internet. America is already heading down that path, we might as well drag everyone with us.


While the cases of Internet regulation and mobile phone filtering primarily revolve on concerns over content, the third government policy proposal advanced this month in the domain of online communication targets the area of content transfer. On December 18th, the Private Music and Video Recording Subcommittee of Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs, an advisory body under the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (Monbukagakusho), held a meeting to re-examine Article 30 of Japan's Copyright Law. With respect to online file transfer, the existing law currently bans uploading of copyrighted material onto public websites, while permitting copies for personal use only [12,13,14].

The quote I picked was done because of the RIAJ (which is the Japanese counterpart to the RIAA, of course).


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