Japan's Government Continues Efforts To Counteract Illegal Manga Downloads
Earlier this year, it was announced that the Japanese government would be going after illegal websites that host pirated manga and now, it's going after the readers of such material.
Now, Japan's government is revealing the penalty illegally pirated manga readers will face if caught. According to mainichi.jp, offenders would face a maximum of 2 years in jail and a fine of ¥2 million yen ($17,681 USD). They would also be charged with repaying the cost of the manga to the publisher/author.
The Agency of Cultural Affairs plans to present the law before the Diet in 2019. Currently, reading and downloading pirated manga is not covered by Japan's current Copyright Act. In the Agency of Cultural Affairs' report, it was estimated that illegal pirated manga websites cost the industry an estimated ¥71 billion yen in 2018 alone $627,566,089.00.
Efforts to penalize ISPs for illegally pirated manga appear to have stalled within the Diet due to disagreements on the methodology between various committee members.
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