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Interesting...very interesting...

Three Japanese men have recently been arrested for illegally uploading copyrighted material (in the form of several anime episodes and images) onto various file-sharing networks. (ANN report) But that's not what's really worth noting in that report. Citizens would know this, but I certainly didn't: at present, Japan's Copyright Law "expressly allows people to download for private use". According to one of my friends, this is balanced by the fact that part of the cost of blank CDs and DVDs are paid as royalties to copyright holders in this country - so by burning any kind of media, we're actually paying for use.

Unfortunately for anyone still downloading anime within this country, this is likely to change soon, as the government intends to change this particular law. Hm...will streaming still be allowed after that?