Illegal software in Japan

No big moves on the Japanese copyright front, lately. Except maybe for this ITmedia article, quoting Japan’s Business Software Alliance (BSA), which states that 29% of the software used in Japan is illegal – not too bad, compared to Vietnam and China’s 92%.

The article finishes with a (here translated) quote of the BSA’s director: Although the number of illegal software used in Japan is relatively low compared to other countries in the Asian/Pacific region, the losses are huge – there’s still room for improvement for Japan that aims to become an Asian example of a ‘nation built on intellectual property’.

Oh, well.

Update 2004-07-26: Prof. Natsui pointed me to some points of criticism towards the BSA report on Mr. Ogura’s benli blog – the criticism boils down to the question what these data are actually based on; how do you measure this?! By the way, I’m late with this update. My bad.

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  1. (considering the internationality of this blog I have decided to post this comment in English)


    So if I understand well, the BSA’s vision on intellectual property implies an a priori confirmation of copyright law. So from their point of view, would it be wrong to state that all violations of this law, e.g. pirated copies, should not be considered as intellectual property, merely because of the fact that is isn’t it “property”? Or am I seeing things not clearly enough here?

    In other words, could you elaborate on the “Oh, well.” comment, please? ;-)

    » Bram on July 19th, 2004 at 09:11

  2. Don’t quite get your second paragraph, Bram. Anyway, with my “Oh, well” comment, I just meant that the BSA’s statement shows that they’re in favor of a strict enforcement of copyright laws, thereby refering to Japan’s recent commitment to a rather strict IP policy – I really doubt that this is a fruitful and sustainable strategy, though.

    » Andreas on July 19th, 2004 at 09:30

  3. I was actually referring to the use of the concept “intellectual property”. What makes “intellectual property” “intellectual property” is the fact that one owns (&<property) a certain intellectual good? For instance, I legally buy a video therefore it is mine, it is my property. Or is the subject of the “intellectual property” not the individual consumer but the “source” of that property, in the video’s case that would be the studio, the distribution intermediaries and all that is part of the economic system? I think what I’m getting at is that I would like to know their rationale behind this idea of “a nation built on intellectual property”…

    » Bram on July 19th, 2004 at 10:36

  4. With their “nation built on intellectual property” policy, the Japanese government wants to strenghten the Japanese IP system – nothing wrong with that, but they tend to exclusively strengthen the rights of the rights holder, and forget about the consumer side of the story.

    » Andreas on July 19th, 2004 at 13:21

  5. Absolutely agree with Andreas. Sometimes we try to eliminate a thing without trying to find out the reason, which would be much more helpful.

    » Yoko on January 25th, 2005 at 19:52