Tag - copyright



Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 16, 2017
Music schools to sue Japan's largest copyright collection group over plan to collect fees
The school operators said they would file a lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court as early as July, a representative told The Japan Times.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 9, 2017
Patent authority rules against Nintendo, lets go-kart firm keep MariCar trademark
The Japan Patent Office in January dismissed an objection filed by Nintendo Co. over the MariCar trademark registered by a Tokyo-based go-kart service company, it was learned Thursday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
Dec 31, 2016
Chinese firms ordered to pay Disney, Pixar $194,000 for copying 'Cars': Xinhua
A Shanghai court ordered two Chinese firms to pay Walt Disney Co. and Pixar more than 1.35 million yuan ($194,440) compensation for copying parts of their hit movies "Cars" and "Cars 2," the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 10, 2016
JASRAC pressures 212 businesses for playing background music without paying copyright fee
Japan's largest copyright collection group is seeking arbitration in summary courts nationwide against 212 hair salons, restaurants and apparel stores that allegedly failed to pay fees on background music, its spokesman said Friday.
May 10, 2016
Japan moves to protect 'copyrights' of AI creations
The Japanese government plans to develop a legal framework to protect copyright on novels, music and other works created by artificial intelligence.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 26, 2016
Director loses suit against no-show actress Anna Tsuchiya, told to pay her instead
The Tokyo District Court has rejected claims by stage director Tomoaki Kai that actress Anna Tsuchiya should compensate him for pulling out of a show.
Japan Times
Dec 27, 2015
Stranglehold on music copyrights is loosening in Japan
Pop music agency Avex Group Holdings, known for managing artists such as Exile, Namie Amuro and Tokyo Girls' Style, announced in October that they plan to transfer the copyright administration of up to 100,000 songs from the current holder, JASRAC (Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and...
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Sep 23, 2015
Monkey that took selfie should get copyright: U.S. lawsuit
A rare crested macaque monkey that snapped a well-known grinning "selfie" should be declared the photo's owner and receive damages for copyright infringement after it was used in a wildlife book, U.S. animal rights activists argued in a federal lawsuit filed on Tuesday.
Jan 7, 2015
Copyright watchdog annuls contract with disgraced composer Samuragochi
A copyright protection body said Tuesday it has annulled a contract to manage the rights of music composer Mamoru Samuragochi, whose works were penned by a ghostwriter.
Jan 3, 2015
New copyright protections, risks
It is hoped that the revision to Japan's Copyright Law, which took effect this year, will help bring healthy development of digital publication, while affording new protections for publishers and authors.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Oct 3, 2014
Google threatened with lawsuit over leaked nude celebrity photos: New York Post
A lawyer who represents about a dozen female celebrities whose private photos were posted online by hackers has threatened to sue Google Inc for failing to take the photos off its websites, according to the New York Post.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Oct 28, 2013
Copyright extension opponents ready for new fight
For most of history, a great character or story or song has passed from its original creator into the public domain. Shakespeare and Charles Dickens and Beethoven are long dead, but Macbeth and Oliver Twist and the Fifth Symphony are part of our shared cultural heritage, free to be used or reinvented...
Oct 15, 2013
Download law yet to bite after a year
It has been a year since Japan introduced penalties for downloading pirated music and video files.


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