Japan to Defer Legislation against Manga Pirate Websites

Politics

Tokyo, Jan. 15 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government has decided to postpone submitting legislation for blocking access to "pirate" websites where manga series and other content are uploaded without their right holders' permission, it was learned on Tuesday.

The decision reflects persistent concerns that the legislation could violate the "secrecy of any means of communication" guaranteed by the constitution.

"We won't submit the legislation during the upcoming parliamentary session," due to start later this month, Takuya Hirai, minister for information technology policy, who doubles as minister for the government's intellectual property strategy, told a press conference on Tuesday.

"We'll proceed step by step with what we can do," said Hirai. "Our goal is not necessarily to create a blocking law."

In April last year, the government decided to work on legislation to allow Internet service providers to forcibly block access to manga pirate websites.

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