|This diagram was released by the Ministry to explain |
Operation Decoy File
Knowingly downloading and of course uploading files that are protected by copyright law without the consent of the owner over the internet is illegal copyright infringement. Please stop immediately.
File sharers have naturally attempted to differentiate between the films and songs they are trying to download and the text files, for instance by checking the size of the files. A thought process which the Japanese authorities are likely to also have had, causing them to at least try to camouflage their decoy files. The Ministry has made it clear that they want to see whether it is possible to reduce the already low incidence of file sharing in Japan by increasing copyright awareness, a tactic which might work better in Japan than other countries.