Tag - copyrights



A host promotes lipstick on TikTok Shop
May 10, 2024
Livestream shopping foils high-tech tools from stopping counterfeits
The sheer volume of violations means e-commerce infringement enforcement can feel like a game of "whack-a-mole" for those who monitor the internet.
Manga titles that have been uploaded onto Manga-Mura, a manga piracy website, on display in Tokyo in 2022
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 18, 2024
Manga piracy website operator ordered to pay ¥1.7 billion to publishers
Kadokawa, Shueisha and Shogakukan said they hoped the lawsuit would help deter other manga piracy site operators from uploading content illegally.
The New York Times headquarters in New York. The New York Times has sued Microsoft and OpenAI for using its content to help develop artificial intelligence services, in a sign of the increasingly fraught relationship between the media and a technology that could upend the news industry.
Dec 28, 2023
NYT sues Microsoft and OpenAI for copyright infringement
While OpenAI has been sued by prominent authors, the suit is the first challenge to its practices by a major media organization.
Rapid improvements in image generation have spurred artists to push back on generative AI startups, which ingest vast troves of internet data in order to generate content like pictures or text.
Nov 6, 2023
Dall-E 3 is so good it’s stoking a revolt against AI scraping
It hasn’t helped much that OpenAI’s new process for artists who want to exclude their data from the system is time-consuming and complex.
Speech-generating AI works by sifting through reams of data, categorizing how people speak then using an algorithm, to replicate human vocal patterns and speech characteristics.
Oct 23, 2023
Whose voice is it anyway? Actors take on AI copycats
Artists around the world are joining forces to protect their jobs, and their souls, from the ramifications of AI that sounds just like them.
The fast-growing field of generative AI has raised novel intellectual property issues.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Aug 22, 2023
AI-generated art cannot receive copyrights, U.S. court says
Only works with human authors can receive copyrights, a judge ruled Friday.
AI apps on a smartphone screen. In a joint statement, Japanese organizations said that current generative AI creates content based on the analysis of large amounts of data collected from the internet without the consent of and payments to copyright holders.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 17, 2023
Japanese publishers voice copyright concerns over generative AI
The statement said that Japan's copyright law is more favorable to AI learning than those of other countries.
Sony's headquarters in Tokyo
Aug 12, 2023
Sony and other top music labels sue over Sinatra 78s stored online
The companies include a list of 2,749 recordings in the lawsuit, including songs by Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong.
Japan Times
Jun 22, 2023
Organization founded to create guidelines for use of AI image generators
An AI-generated image tool allows users to create images based on written descriptions and learning from other images available online, including those made by artists.
Japan Times
May 11, 2023
The music industry has an AI problem
“Heart on My Sleeve,” using AI generated voices of famous artists, was built by a bot and way too believable. Was it theft?
Japan Times
Mar 28, 2023
Chinese authorities take down pirated Japanese anime site
The website b9good was one of the largest online sources of pirated anime, with around 95% of its users accessing the site from Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 17, 2022
Japan court orders pair to pay ¥500 million over 'fast movie' uploads
It was the first court decision in Japan on the amount of damages to be awarded for such unauthorized uploads.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 25, 2022
Top court rules music students not subject to copyright fees
The copyright law protects the right to perform music to be heard by the public. The focus of the lawsuit was whether preforming music during a lesson falls under that protection.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 29, 2022
Publishers sue ex-Mangamura operator for ¥1.9 billion in damages
The lawsuit, filed at the Tokyo District Court by Kadokawa, Shueisha and Shogakukan, is the first against Mangamura, which was known as the biggest pirate website in Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 19, 2022
Major Japanese movie companies sue trio over 'fast movies'
The plaintiffs have determined that the damage amounts to about u00a52 billion based on the number of views logged by the trio's YouTube channel.
Japan Times
Jan 6, 2022
China bans most exclusive copyright deals for digital music platforms
The order comes amid a widening crackdown by Chinese regulators on the country's technology sector.
Japan Times
Sep 27, 2021
Two men arrested over unauthorized copying of Japanese-style artwork
The unauthorized prints were elaborate enough to deceive many, except for specialists, who noticed that the signatures and coloring were slightly unnatural.
Japan Times
Sep 3, 2021
Japan's new digital chief called out for image copyright gaffe
A blog post by Yoko Ishikura published last displayed a low-resolution image with a 'Pixta' watermark, a breach of the stock photo platform's terms of service.
Japan Times
Aug 12, 2021
Pirated-entertainment sites are making billions from ads
Websites and apps featuring pirated movies and TV shows make about $1.3 billion from advertising each year, including from major companies like Amazon.com Inc., according to a study.
Japan Times
Jun 2, 2021
Ex-illegal manga site operator slapped with three-year prison sentence
The Manga-Mura website is believed to have caused the manga industry losses of over u00a5300 billion.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals