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Ad skipping illegal in Japan?

Cnet has an interesting bit on their blog: Skipping TV ads illegal in Japan.

We've heard a lot of crazy stuff from the mouth of broadcasters terrified that empowered customers might actually disrupt their business model, but the news from Japan goes even further, saying that reportedly ad skipping "may be a violation of Japan's copyright law." That's a pretty incredible claim, and the Yahoo Asia news piece referenced is gone, so hopefully it's an error, or a hoax, because I'd hate to see broadcasters use copyright law as a weapon against people just wanting to enjoy their television programming.

by Matt Haughey July 20, 2005 in News