Tag - copyright



Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Dec 19, 2021
YouTuber gets hit with copyright claims, but is it Toei who’s out of line?
While companies have a right to protect their intellectual property, they should still realize the media landscape is changing.
Japan Times
Nov 16, 2019
U.S. Supreme Court could reshape industry with ruling on Google, Oracle
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal from Alphabet Inc.'s Google in a multibillion-dollar clash that has divided Silicon Valley, agreeing to decide whether the company improperly used copyrighted programming code owned by Oracle Corp. in the Android operating system.
Japan Times
Nov 6, 2019
U.S. Supreme Court justices navigate video piracy case over Blackbeard's ship
U.S. Supreme Court justices struggled to navigate between the rights of states and individuals on Tuesday as they weighed a documentary filmmaker's bid to revive his lawsuit against North Carolina state officials he accuses of unlawfully pirating his footage of notorious English pirate Blackbeard's wrecked...
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 27, 2019
Japan panel resumes talks on steps to fight digital piracy
A government panel has resumed talks on measures against pirate websites where manga and other content are uploaded without the permission of copyright holders.
Apr 12, 2019
China's top image provider shuts website and says sorry after putting logo on first photo of black hole
China's largest provider of stock images, Visual China Group, shut its website and apologized on Friday after it falsely claimed copyright of images such as the first photo of a black hole and China's national flag.
Japan Times
Feb 14, 2019
Japan to make unauthorized downloads of all copyrighted work illegal
Steps will be taken to make it illegal to download without the permission of copyright holders all works including manga, computer games, books and other writings after a government panel adopted the policy Wednesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Feb 2, 2019
Tiramisu copyright furor highlights the internet's importance
Allegations of copyright infringement have undermined a high-profile attempt to sell a renowned coffee-flavored Italian dessert in Tokyo.
Jan 30, 2019
Japan Patent Office says trademark registration of era names will be banned from May
The Japan Patent Office revised its screening criteria Wednesday to prevent all era names from being registered as trademarks.
Japan Times
Jan 25, 2019
Criminal crackdown urged on illegal image downloads from manga, novels and other works
A panel recommended broadening the scope of punishable acts — now restricted to unauthorized downloads of videos and music — to all materials, including images.
Japan Times
Dec 22, 2018
Rationale for extending Japan's copyright protections unclear
Several weeks ago, I was surprised to read that a revision to the copyright law would go into effect on Dec. 30, extending the current protection period from 50 years after an author's death to 70 years. When the extension was first discussed as part of the original 12-member Trans-Pacific Partnership...
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BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 6, 2018
Lego wins court case in China over copyright infringement
Lego has won another case against imitators in China where copies of its colorful plastic toy bricks and figures have been a recurring problem, the Danish toymaker said.
Japan Times
Jun 22, 2018
Tech firms may have to filter user uploads under new EU rules
Europe is proposing to do away with key legal protections enjoyed by Google, Facebook and other internet giants, a shift that could lead web platforms to block certain posts by users.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 13, 2018
Kyoto and Kobe video game bar managers arrested for alleged copyright violations
Police detain four people in Kyoto and Kobe for allegedly allowing customers at their bars to play video games without the game-makers' permission.
Japan Times
May 14, 2018
Japanese police probe Mangamura website over copyright violation claims
The police have opened an investigation into the now-blocked Mangamura website after publishers last year filed copyright violation claims against the provider of pirated comics, investigative sources said Monday.
Apr 24, 2018
Japan's NTT to block websites with links to pirated manga, anime and other content
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. said Monday it will block access to websites that link visitors to sites where they can read pirated comics and books, in line with a recent government request.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 31, 2017
Nine arrested for operating website linked to pirated Japanese-language comics
Police arrested nine people on suspicion of copyright law violations Tuesday in connection with a website containing links to other sites that give visitors access to pirated comics and books.
Sep 16, 2017
Tussle over music copyright fees
Music content providers and music class operators should make every effort to find middle ground so they can ensure the healthy development of music education while duly protecting the rights of copyright holders.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 12, 2017
Copyright watchdog JASRAC files lawsuits over use of background music in stores
Japan's copyright management organization has filed lawsuits against owners of a barber shop and a restaurant over the use of background music at their stores, seeking damages and injunctions.
Japan Times
Jun 23, 2017
Rise of AI-assisted art raises challenges notions of proprietary rights
Artificial intelligence is finding its way into the world of music, literature and art, raising never-before-considered questions about a creator's role.
Japan Times
Jun 5, 2017
Japan copyright body courts anger by casting a wider net
The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) sparked a public uproar in February when it announced it will start demanding that private music schools pay copyright fees.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan