Sunday, February 20, 2005

No Bootlegs for US Military

Under Japanese copyright law it is apparently legal to import single copies of bootleg items for personal use. You may bring one pirate copy of the latest Snoop Dogg into the country, but not a second: "If a tourist bought a copied CD or DVD...overseas, solely for his personal use, the current copyright laws do not ban him from bringing it into Japan," said Osamu Fukuyama, an Okinawa customs spokesman.

Though Japanese copyright law allows single, personal use bootleg import, US service man are forbidden to do so. Under the status of forces agreement the stricter, US copyright law is enforced on them, destroying the bootleg copies when they come back from 12 high-risk countries, including China and most of South Asia. Something to remember when enlisting.


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