Featured Articles

TSMC: Volume production of 16nm FinFET in 2H 2015

TSMC: Volume production of 16nm FinFET in 2H 2015

TSMC has announced that it will begin volume production of 16nm FinFET products in the second half of 2015, in late…

More...
AMD misses earnings targets, announces layoffs

AMD misses earnings targets, announces layoffs

AMD has missed earnings targets and is planning a substantial job cuts. The company reported quarterly earnings yesterday and the street is…

More...
Did Google botch the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9?

Did Google botch the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9?

As expected, Google has finally released the eagerly awaited Nexus 6 phablet and its first 64-bit device, the Nexus 9 tablet.

More...
Gainward GTX 970 Phantom previewed

Gainward GTX 970 Phantom previewed

Nvidia has released two new graphics cards based on its latest Maxwell GPU architecture. The Geforce GTX 970 and Geforce GTX…

More...
EVGA GTX 970 SC ACX 2.0 reviewed

EVGA GTX 970 SC ACX 2.0 reviewed

Nvidia has released two new graphics cards based on its latest Maxwell GPU architecture. The Geforce GTX 970 and Geforce GTX…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Monday, 23 July 2012 09:54

Japanese cops arrest anti-DRM journalists

Written by Nick Farrell



You can't tell people how to back up DVDs


Big Content has had win in Japan after its tame police officers silenced a tech magazine by jailing journalists. Four hacks who published a magazine last year which contained an article which told people how to back up a DVD have been arrested.
The four worked for Sansai Books  and they have been arrested for selling, through the company website, a copy of a magazine published last year.

Big Content complained that the floor had violated Japan's Unfair Competition Prevention Law which it had managed to get revised to make illegal the sale of any DRM circumvention device or software. Various blogs have pointed out that the same law could be used to arrest the Amazon Japan CEO too as the online giant is selling a lot of magazines, books and software packages for DVD copy and ripping. However Big Content does not seem to want to bring down a big supplier of its goods, it just wants to shut the press up.

The Japanese have been bringing in all sorts of anti-piracy laws which Big Content favours.  This from this October downloading a single illegal MP3 could land a Japanese p2p user two years jail. The law also has hit Linux distributions which come pre-installed with libdvdcss which is most of them.

Strangely there is no one in Japan who is standing up for their fellow journalists.  Either they are too frightened, or they feel that a journalist who appears to break the law much immediately bow to the government and fillet themselves with with a carving knife. 

More here.  

Nick Farrell

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments