MPAA urges Japan to lead Internet piracy legislation

Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) president and COO Bob Pisano has addressed delegates attending the Asian Intellectual Property Symposium in Tokyo about the serious consequences of illegal file sharing on the Internet.

Speaking to a local audience of government officials, policy makers, distributors and industry representatives at Nikkei Hall, Pisano commended Japan for its first-mover advantage in technology and urged the Japanese authorities to take the lead in the area of legislation on Internet piracy as well.

In his speech, Pisano urged Japanese internet service providers to consider the graduated response scheme adopted by some countries that give illegal downloaders an educational notice before sanctions are imposed on repeat infringers.