A report by the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper has said that Japanese companies are planning to block Internet access to anyone who downloads unauthorized files via P2P or other methods.
The newspaper said that Japan’s ISPs have been faced “with mounting complaints from the music, movie and video-game industries” and have agreed to take the drastic action. The ISPs will send e-mails to users who repeatedly download illegally and will then terminate their Internet connections if they do not cease and desist.
The ISPs will hold a panel next month with copyright holders to draft a set of guidelines. If this goes through, the actions will be the strictest measures ever taken to fight online piracy. The newspaper estimated that 1.75 million people in Japan use file-sharing software, mainly for unauthorized downloads.
A similar measure brought forth by a Japanese ISP two years ago was shot down when the government said it might violate the right to privacy.
We will keep you updated on any developments.
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Shinoda Plasma has announced that it will be introducing the world’s thinnest Plasma display, 1mm (.04 inches) at its thickest depth.
The example demoed for reporters was 125 inches diagonally which was impressive in itself, but the depth was more impressive considering it is only a fraction of what current plasma displays are. Also notable is that Shinoda’s display is so thin you can curve the screen to maintain a direct viewing angle, even for the far edges.
According to the company, the display that was demoed is fully functional and is “near production-grade”. There was one hitch however. The company claims the display has “the functional brightness of a plasma display from 1999.” CEO Tsutae Shinoda noted that the company will need to improve that fact if it hopes to compete against modern screens.
He added that the company is searching for Japanese companies that will help turn the screen from demo product to consumer product in the next year.