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The Supreme Court rejected appeals Thursday by companies producing cheap DVDs of classic films in two cases and banned the sale of 21 DVD movies of Charlie Chaplin and Akira Kurosawa to protect their copyrights.

At issue were nine Chaplin movies, including “Modern Times” and “The Great Dictator,” and 12 Kurosawa films, including “Rashomon” and “Ikiru” (“To Live”). All were released by 1952 and their DVDs were being sold at bookstores and other places for ¥500 each.

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