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An advisory panel to Cultural Affairs Agency chief Hayao Kawai issued a report Wednesday calling for the Copyright Law to require book-lending businesses to pay royalties to authors.

The panel’s final report proposes that the law be revised to give writers the right to have their books rented out to the public in the same manner as producers of CDs and videos. In line with the report, the agency plans to submit a bill to the Diet to revise the law during the legislative session that starts Monday.

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