As of the 1st Octobet 2012 in Japan,  it has been an offence to knowingly download copyright material without permission with punishments extending to a 2 million yen fine and prison terms of up to two years. With only 1 download in 10 legal in Japan according to industry figures the move seemed a step forward – except it seems Japanese consumers have stopped buying music – with a massive 68% prompting some commentators to ask if Japan’s new law has had a negative effect on sales.