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Japan to revise law in major crackdown on internet pirates

New copyright legislation will include penalties for operators of 'leech' sites

Japan's printing industry loses about 400 billion yen annually due to pirated content, according to estimates by the Content Overseas Distribution Association (Photo by Keiichiro Sato)

TOKYO -- A panel of experts from Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs on Friday finalized a report containing recommendations for cracking down on illegal pirate websites, which are increasingly difficult to track as they are often located overseas.

Based on the panel's report, the government is scheduled to submit a Copyright Act Amendment bill to the ordinary session of the Diet on Monday.

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