Oops: Japan Anti-Piracy Proposals Probably Violate Its Constitution
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Oops: Japan Anti-Piracy Proposals Probably Violate Its Constitution

from the scmonstituion dept For over a year now, we’ve been discussing a worrying trend in Japan , where the government is looking to severely ramp up its anti-piracy efforts. The worry lies in the implications of these various proposed programs, including the censorship of internet sites supposedly used for piracy, the criminalization of pirating content, and how all of this is going to impact the public . One of the largest barriers to doing any of these expansions to copyright law is the Japanese constitution and legislation, which are fairly restrictive on matters of both censorship and the invasion of privacy. How the government thought it was going to route around those provisions is anyone’s guess. But it seems there is confidence that it can do so, as every new proposal coming out looks to in some way violate Japan’s constitution. The latest involves putting a system in place that would delivery popup warnings to anyone visiting a site that is deemed to be a "pirate site." Additional proposals suggested that Internet users could be confronted with popup warnings when they visit pirate sites, either as an alternative to blocking, a deterrent, or to help people differentiate them […]

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