It cost HUF 1.4 billion and at least a year and a half in prison for uploading films to YouTube

Perhaps the perpetrators will understand that this is not allowed.

Netflix for you, Videa for me, the band Ricsárdgír sang in Smackleves, and those who prefer YouTube instead of these two will not be able to enjoy content that has slipped through copyright checks for a long time. In Japan, users have now been sentenced to prison and heavy fines for piracy who did not even post full movies, but their 10-minute versions.

With these abbreviated films published on the Fast Movies channel, their goal was to offer only the essentials to those with little time, they did not want to take away the income from the big film distributors – although the fact is that the ads still generated some for them, thanks to the CODA organization according to the companies belonging to it, they caused at least HUF 5.6 billion worth of damage. Since the concept of fair use is not known in Japan, the court did not consider whether the method of use still fits within it.

The defendants shortened and uploaded a total of 54 films, as a result of which they are forced to pay HUF 1.4 billion in compensation, and they were also sentenced to 18-24 months in prison, suspended for 4 years. The organizations filing the lawsuits hope this will deter anyone from committing violations.

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