Japan’s stricter copyright laws were enacted on January 1
The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications released an online informational video last Monday using Kōhei Horikoshi‘s My Hero Academia manga. The video raises awareness of Japan’s stricter copyright laws, which were enacted on January 1. It also highlights government-sanctioned filtering services for blocking illegal websites. The service is aimed at parents and guardians who seek to create “a safe online environment for youths.”
The revised copyright law punishes those who knowingly download illegally uploaded or pirated manga, magazines, and academic works. The revision also bans “leech sites” that aggregate and provide hyperlinks to pirated media starting on October 1.
Previously, the copyright law only formalized punishment…