If someone infringes others' copyrights, will he receive any punishment
for the act?
Yes. He or she who infringes others' copyrights, etc. may receive a certain
penal punishemenr for his/her criminal offense. In general, criminal sanctions are intended to punish those who willfully commit acts of piracy of copyrights and related rights. The purpose of suchpunishment is served by the imposition of substantial fines and/or by sentences of imprisonment. Under the Copyright Act of Japan, any personthatintentionally infringes any of the copyrightsorneighboring rights is, in principle,subject to imprisonment for a term of up to ten(10) years, a fine of up to ten(10) million yen, or both. On the other hand, anypersonthatintentionally infringes any of themoral rights of an authoror a performeris, in principle, subject to imprisonment for a term of up to five(5) years, a fine of up to five(5) million yen, or both. It should be noticed that any criminal prosecution may not be instituted for the offenses against copyrights,neighboring rights,or moral rights of an authoror a performer, unless an accusation against them is filed by theinjured party.
Kaneda Copyright Agency
For proper copyright management in Japan