Monday, October 1, 2012

Japan goes crazy for copyright

Japan has instituted the most draconian copyright law thus far, with penalties including up to two years in prison.

I suppose I should be grateful that the more abusive laws are actually being put into place in far away, benighted places like Japan and France.  This way the world can see how it works in practice without affecting anyone of consequence.

It's particularly interesting to me to see what happens in such a formal, conformist place like Japan.  I wonder if the kids will rebel?  That would be interesting.  But rocking the boat is not exactly a keystone of Japanese culture.

Thus far in France, it appears that most folks are simply using VPN's.

There is no question that the only way to really enforce copyright is for Internet Service Providers to actively (and expensively) monitor all internet connections.

Or, we could allow art to flourish.

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