Japan govt plants fake TV dramas to fight web piracy
January 25th, 2012 - 17:32 UTC
by Andy Sennitt.

The Japanese government is running a rather original project against piracy on the Internet. It is releasing on two popular file sharing networks, between 23 and 29 January, a series of files made to look like popular TV drama videos, but which will make a big surprise to unsuspecting users.

Named after some popular TV programmes, the files, when opened, are alerting users of popular file sharing networks Winny and Share to stop handling pirated media on the web. The message is that both uploading and downloading copyright protected media is illegal in Japan

The initiative belongs to the Japan Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and is supposed to trace the future behavior of the users who download the fake TV shows. It is yet unclear if any users caught in the act will be prosecuted.

The ministry has partnered in the project with several associations active in the copyright field, according to Asiajin blog. Among them are the Association of Copyright for Computer Software, Recording Industry Association of Japan and the National Association of Commercial Broadcasters in Japan.

According to the Japanese press, about 150,000 people in the country are using the networks Winny and Share every day.