oh huh a non-locked topic~
^ CDJapan has been advertising that their sales count at oricon http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/oricon.html
for years but most other Japanese stores will do so as well except for Yesasia because it's located in Hong Kong (=isn't Japanase).
That being said you can also buy from hmv.co.jp as foreigner but only with credit card.
I have mixed feelings about a policy like this. Also depending on what "media files" means exactly.
But the last two~three years I've been struggling with every thing I uploaded, trying to figure out for myself whether I'll work against H!P (for me Berryz and Momochi the most cases) by helping
other fans or not.
Personally my conclusion so far has always been that no sharing at all won't help the H!P fandom much either.
It might not really matter for jphip since sharing of especially CD and DVD releases didn't happen much for a long time now but we're also lacking active users in the H!P section for a similar length of time.
Certainly only sharing is not the solution either, I've sometimes been trying to attract people by sharing rare (even on 2ch) files but either nobody noticed them or they got put (from here) on other pages so nobody had a reason to visit us, but I wonder what else we can do.
I guess the artists wouldn't like it better but in my opinion sharing with delay is the best option. As someone who buys H!P merch I would prefer it when people who can't or don't want to buy stuff have to wait longer for new releases. At the moment, by the time I get my stuff, it's old news for all the people who downloaded things
but it should be the other way around. That can also happen when people buy from itunes etc. but I can deal with that better
Anyway, it's just my rant on this subject. I can live with it either way in the end. I mostly already live in my own little momochi world where I directly share most thing only with people I know for years...online.
If you people manage to get the H!P section more lively with just high quality fangirling and fanboying in tama style or something else it'll be even better. Because in the end we'll need people who are interested enough to actually buy merch/goods and support the groups.edit: typo