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Japan Fails Again over Measures against Digital Piracy

Japan Fails Again over Measures against Digital Piracy

   Tokyo, March 14 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government has failed again in efforts to devise measures against digital piracy, with its latest draft countermeasures greeted with criticism.
   The government planned to submit to the current parliamentary session a bill to revise the copyright law to strengthen the fight against pirate websites where manga and other content is uploaded without the permission of copyright holders.
   On Wednesday, the government gave up the idea after failing to gain approval from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on a planned provision to criminalize downloading of pirated content.
   The defeat followed the government's failure in an attempt to introduce legislation to legalize site-blocking to prevent the public from accessing pirate websites.
   Masaaki Akaike, head of the LDP's culture and science division, on Wednesday said the party decided to send back to the government a draft of the copyright law revision bill.

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