The law was passed on 20th June to allow police agency to penalize those individual who download illegal movie or music contents while they know they are illegal. The penalty is 2 year in prison and/or 2 million yes fine. The law will be in effect from 1st October this year.
Downloading illegal movie or music is illegal in Japan but there is no criminal charge for it. There exists only civil charge. I guess there are many people who get illegal contents from p2p applications such as share and winny and those will become completely illegal.
Will internet users in Japan start think about new ways to avoid this law? By the way streaming is excluded in this law.