Japan Panel Resumes Talks on Steps against Digital Piracy

Politics

Tokyo, July 26 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese government panel on Friday resumed talks on measures against pirate websites where manga and other content are uploaded without the permission of copyright holders.

At a meeting of an expert panel of the Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters, some participants voiced the need to resume discussions at an early date to introduce a bill to legalize a controversial measure of blocking access to such websites.

The government initially focused on making a law to forcibly cut off access to such websites.

The government, however, gave up trying to submit a related bill to this year's ordinary session of the Diet, the country's parliament, which ended in June.

The decision was made due to criticism that site-blocking infringes on the secrecy of communications, which is guaranteed under the constitution.

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