Japan is to make downloading content from the pirate/illegal websites criminal. You might say what's wrong with that ... It is wrong because the definition of "downloading", "illegal content" is really vague. Imagine you receive an email that has a link to mp3 file that's breaking copyright of someone. Click the link by mistake and you're now criminal.
Also, you might go to sites like MySpace or YouTube and find individual bands music really attractive and want to download them ... but if it's made illegal, you're afraid of clicking the link to download them, because you can't tell if it's legal or not.
Their plan is to make a list of legal content distribution sites and distribute a certificate label (like Verisign SSL mark thingy) and make an exception that if you don't know if it's legal or not, downloading these is still not criminal.
They won't ever work. Stupid.
And here are other things these "content rights holders" are saying:
- "DRM Broadcast: Yes. Never copy more than once. Why? People are stealing content"
- "Blu-ray and iPod: pay indemnity for us because you're making money out of our content"
- "Internet is a dark-side. Everyone is stealing content."
Shame, shame, shame.