Be very careful what you download if you are in Japan.
It looks like Japan is readying to top the list of invaders of Internet freedom and become a front for the Recording Industry Association. According to reports from many reputable world news organizations including CNN & NPR, the focus of these crackdown laws is illegal downloading of movies and music “piracy.”
The new law is a victory for the recording industry’s global fight against online piracy, which has seen setbacks in the U.S. and European Union where the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), respectively, has run afoul of the public, which fears it will curb online freedom and privacy.
The intention of this Japanese law is to follow in the footsteps of South Korea in (as well as the defeated privacy-infringing SOPA and PIPA laws in the US) deterring consumers from downloading copyrighted content with the threat of prosecution, jail time and steep monetary fines.
The report on NPR states:
The country has instituted a new law that punishes those downloaders with up to two years in prison or fines of up to $25,700.
While FlashRouters are all for the rights of artists to make a living, excessive tactics and punishing, impoverishing out-of-control fines that attack internet privacy and internet freedom do not sit right with us.
How To Avoid Prosecution in Japan From Illegal Downloading Laws
Our recommendation for Japanese and South Korea internet users trying to protect themselves from this impingement of Internet Freedom is to use of a VPN service provider. Check out our list of most popular VPN service providers including NordVPN (2 Japan VPN servers/OpenVPN, PPTP, & L2TP), Hide My Ass (2 Japan VPN servers/OpenVPN, PPTP, & L2TP), & IPVanish.
Using legal streaming services instead of downloading content is an excellent alternative to accessing your favorite songs, TV shows and music in Japan and South Korea.
Going The Extra Step to Protect Your Internet Privacy
And if you are worried about connectivity, FlashRouters offers upgraded high-speed routers that allow you to integrate a VPN service provider to protect all your computers, laptops, iPads and other devices from being logged. Using a VPN router from FlashRouters will allow you to protect your entire family from these type of threats.