Could YouTube Be Outlawed in Japan?

The future of YouTube and other video-sharing sites in Japan may be in jeopardy after the country’s House of Representatives passed a revision to its Copyright Law on Wednesday that makes it illegal to download copyrighted video and audio files, punishable by up to two years in prison or a maximum fine of over $25,000. The new law is effective Oct. 1. 

In an interview with ITMedia, Japanese attorney Toshimitsu Dan points out that the revisions will make it illegal to burn CDs or DVDs of copyright protected material, intentionally downloading illegally uploaded content, as well as the selling of hardware that circumvents copyright protection law in Japan.  

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