From now on, Japanese citizens who are caught downloading pirated content from the internet are subject to imprisonment. The penalty can reach two years, according to the BBC, or be converted for payment of 2 million yen (US $ 25,600).
Uploading is even more dangerous as it carries a prison sentence of up to ten years or a fine of 10 million yen (US $ 128,200).
Infringing copyright with the help of the network has been illegal in the country since 2010, but there was still no penalty for that.
The resolution came into effect as of this Monday, 1, and came due to pressure from the local industry. Japan is estimated to be the second largest music market in the world, behind the United States.