February 22, 2016
The Anti-Counterfeiting Association (ACA)
The Association of Copyright for Computer Software (ACCS)
Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan, Inc. (MPAJ)
Japan Video Software Association (JVA)
Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC)
Japan and International Motion Picture Copyright Association, Inc. (JIMCA)
Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ)
BSA The Software Alliance (BSA)
Nationwide Crackdown on Copyright Violations Using File-Sharing Software
According to a report from the National Police Agency to The Anti-Counterfeiting Association (ACA), between February 16 and 18, 2015, police departments in 29 prefectures across the country conducted a nationwide crackdown on violations of the copyright law for movies, music, animations, comics, business software, etc., using file-sharing software. 93 locations were searched, resulting in 44 arrests (as of February 19, 2015 at 3 PM).
This is the seventh time a nationwide crackdown on copyright law violations using file-sharing software has been conducted by the National Police Agency since 2009, and these effective law enforcement activities have been conducted continuously against similar crimes.
In addition, the various member organizations of ACA take part in activities of the Consortium against Copyright Infringement via File-Sharing Software (CCIF) which sends out copyright awareness e-mails. This activity urges individual users who have made infringing content available on file-sharing software networks to delete such illegal files.
ACA will continue to collaborate closely with the related ministries and agencies, including the National Police Agency, and conduct activities with an aim to eliminate counterfeit products and protect intellectual property.
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