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Japanese mobile operators to monitor for piracy?

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 08 Sep 2009 0:31 User comments (10)

Japanese mobile operators to monitor for piracy? Japanese mobile operators may be forced into packet inspection on their mobile networks to identify and cut off pirates. A user who was found to be sharing infringing files over the mobile network would be warned about the activity and then disconnected if it persisted, or alternatively their phone could be rendered unable to play music.
In Japan, handsets are branded, supplied and managed by the network operators themselves. Every year, about 330 million tracks are sold legally and delivered over-the-air in Japan. It is estimated that as many as 400 million tracks are shared illegally each year.

The prospect of cutting off repeat offenders is expected to be discussed next week by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) and the Telecommunications Carriers Association.

Representatives of the Internal Affairs ministry will reportedly also be present. Japan just recently had a much-publicized change of government, and observers will be wondering if the new administration's need to make friends in the industry will influence a decision in favor of the motion.

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10 user comments

18.9.2009 0:45
lubricant
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excellent. and the reason why is this project will be able to be recorded as showing the amount of profitably vs. free sharing of songs. if they both cannot exist together, then the profit margins should change drastically. if not, then let the companies take it as a lesson that many refine their tastes through downloads, then proceed to purchase during that time.
sorry japanese guys, dont let society crumble cause they piss you off.
who manufactures cell phones in japan? i know probably a lot, but thats beside the question.

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28.9.2009 1:32

yeah right, American telecoms have been logging calls for years on both networks. the RIAJ probably lobbied this with JDA.

38.9.2009 1:48
lubricant
Inactive

Originally posted by DXR88:
yeah right, American telecoms have been logging calls for years on both networks. the RIAJ probably lobbied this with JDA.
but what if its not a call? tech, not telephony cuz like a lot of cellphones have wifi modes and stuff.

what does dja stand for?
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48.9.2009 2:00

Japanese defense agency, U.S. DOD equivalent

58.9.2009 2:13
lubricant
Inactive

Originally posted by DXR88:
Japanese defense agency, U.S. DOD equivalent
why would their defense ministry care about file-sharers?

68.9.2009 2:42

Quote:
Originally posted by DXR88:
Japanese defense agency, U.S. DOD equivalent
why would their defense ministry care about file-sharers?
You must have missed the RIAA's memo that file-sharers are a threat to national (international?) security, and that only terrorists pirate music.[/sarcasm]

78.9.2009 3:52

That must mean that 80% of young children, teenagers and young adults
are terrorists.

Didn't think so.

88.9.2009 9:45

They live in a land run by Sony. The government will take the stance they are terrorists because Sony tells them so.

98.9.2009 12:03

Quote:
Originally posted by DXR88:
Japanese defense agency, U.S. DOD equivalent
why would their defense ministry care about file-sharers?
more than likely they don't it just gives them an incentive to start monitoring call information.

108.9.2009 17:00

Ah japan, home to the most used OS in the whole wide world. Can anyone tell me the name of it? Ok for ten points.

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