Did you just grope me? Shall we head to the police?

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Alright, I admit that I love Japanese culture…so my fellow conservative brethren may not be so accepting of this fact, but we have to admit they (the Japanese) have figured things out like perfecting the manufacturing process, keeping cities relatively clean despite being large (i.e., I jogged through Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward & it was incredibly clean despite it’s density), and let’s not forget they’ve taken one of the most taboo subjects in the world starting with an “s” and spelled with only 3 letters to a new level. I have to hold back on saying the exact word/subject despite writing about it indirectly a few times here. My students ranging from high elementary to middle school sometimes read this from my Academy. Right kids?

Nevertheless, I saw this article and just started laughing to myself.

Cell phone message warns train gropers

Wed Oct 24, 8:24 AM ET

TOKYO – Did you just grope me? Shall we head to the police? That’s the message women are flashing on their cell phones with a popular program designed to ward off wandering hands in Japan‘s congested commuter trains.

“Anti-Groping Appli” by games developer Takahashi was released in late 2005, but has only recently climbed up popularity rankings, reaching No. 7 in this week’s top-10 cell phone applications list compiled by Web-based publisher Spicy Soft Corp.

The application flashes increasingly threatening messages in bold print on the phone’s screen to show to the offender: “Excuse me, did you just grope me?” “Groping is a crime,” and finally, “Shall we head to the police?”

Users press an “Anger” icon in the program to progress to the next threat. A warning chime accompanies the messages.

The application, which can be downloaded for free on Web-enabled phones, is for women who want to scare away perverts with minimum hassle and without attracting attention, according to Takahashi’s Web site.

“I first downloaded this as a joke,” said Spicy Soft official Michika Izumi. “But I think it could be a lifesaver if I get groped.”

Izumi said more users appeared to have recently discovered Takahashi’s “Anti-Groping Appli” because of a series of new applications unveiled by the creator this year, including a popular number game, horoscope and blogging program.

Offerings of games and applications for mobile phones have surged in Japan. A survey published by Web research company Yahoo Value Insight in July said 61 percent of Japanese cell phone owners use applications almost every day.

According to Tokyo Metropolitan Police, 1,853 people were arrested for groping passengers on trains in Tokyo in 2005. Experts say the incidence of harassment on trains is much higher, but women are often too embarrassed to report it.

So, I just copied & pasted the article from Yahoo’s news section. Is this a copyright violation? I’m not making money off my blog. However, is it? I know many bloggers copying at least a huge chunk of the articles & posting it into their blog. I commented before pasting it here…does that alter it enough to allow me to do this? I don’t know…hopefully, some copyright or IP attorney reads this one day & tells me. Thanks in advance for the legal advice!

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