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Old 10-01-2012, 08:06 PM   #25
SteveEisenberg
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I think this issue is a class thing. Book shoplifting = lower class. Jail is fine for them -- at least if repeat offenders -- even though most books at Barnes and Noble are destined to be pulped, so stealing them deprives no one of anything. By contrast, book piracy = upper middle class. So punishing them is a horror, and, unlike with every other kind of stealing, conviction should require a showing of harm.

This is not to defend the Japanese law, which I do consider draconian. It's so draconian that I doubt it will be enforced. Cutting off internet access would make the punishment fit the crime.
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