The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan published an informative video in collaboration with the written manga and illustrated by Kohei Horikoshi, Boku No Hero Academy (My Hero Academy). The video creates awareness about the new strictest copyright laws in Japan, which came into force on January 1. It also highlights the filtering services authorized by the Government to block illegal websites. The service is aimed at parents and guardians who seek to create "a secure online environment for young people".
The Revised Copy Rights Law punishes those who discharge manga, magazines and academic work charged illegally or pirated. The review also prohibits "Sites-Leech" that add and provide hyperlinks to pirated media as of last October 1st. Previously, the copyright law only formalized the punishment for music downloads and videos illegally uploaded, as well as the illegal rises of all materials.
The review will still allow the download of "some panels" of a sleeve of several dozen pages or more, or the publication of photographs where the sleeve is not the center of the photo (for example, that appear in reflections). The review will not punish people who download derivative works (such as Doujinshi or Fan-Fiction) or parodies.
The sanctions for the repeat offenders of illegal downloads will be up to two years in prison or a maximum fine of 2 million yen (around $ 18,274), or both. The sanctions for those who operate sites-Leech include up to five years in prison or a maximum fine of 5 million yen (around $ 45,686), or both. Finally, it will also be forbidden to hit hyperlinks to illegal websites in anonymous message forums or create "Leecer Applications".
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