Japan govt to allow blocking of pirating websites
Jiji -- Apr 14
The Japanese government on Friday decided as an emergency measure to advise Internet service providers to block malicious pirating websites as part of efforts to enhance the protection of copyrights on manga and anime works.

The steps were decided at a meeting of the government's intellectual property strategy headquarters and relevant cabinet ministers. The government aims to submit a related bill to next year's regular session of the Diet, the country's parliament.

At the start of the meeting, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed concern about pirating websites, saying that they "could threaten the future of the content industry."

Pirating sites allow users to view manga, anime and other content free of charge.

The government said it is appropriate to block, for example, websites that post a lot of content clearly undermining the interests of rights holders. As such malicious websites, the government cited "Mangamura," "AniTube!" and "MioMio."

News source: Jiji
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