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Dig Into It: The Copyright Law of Japan

The news about the shutting down of all illegal anime streaming websites shocked the whole anime fans who are fond of using it.. Some are emotional and give their opinions about it. All this are cause of the revision of the copyright law in Japan that mandates the protection and rights of works of the author/creator. We often heard and read news about the "copyright law" but do we really understand and aware of it? Let's dig into the outline of the copyright law of Japan for better understanding.

What is copyright?

The copyright defines as the exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize other to do the same. It protects the original works of authorship such as books, articles, songs, photographs, sculptures, choreography, sound recordings, motion pictures and other works. 

Based on the definition, the copyright is very important for all the content creators because it gives them protection from stealing their works. It is very important for us to be aware that stealing content and making monetary funds out of it is a crime. 

Outline of the Copyright Law of Japan

According to the article in the https://english.kyodonews.net/ the Japanese parliament reportedly that they will be stricter for the anti-online piracy law to tighten copyright control, banning illicit downloading of manga, magazines, academic texts, in addition to music and videos that were already covered by the existing legislation. It is also stated that those who will found operating illegal anime websites will be penalized up to five years in jail or a maximum fine of 5 million yen , or both. 

Below is an excerpt flowchart from the outline of the copyright law of Japan. The flowchart clearly defines the flow of the moral rights of the author/creator to protect their works. Article for each rights is also stated to a more comprehensive understanding of each rights.   

Therefore, the decision of shutting down illegal anime streaming/downloading websites is  necessary for us to be aware of the importance of the copyright law and also to support our anime creators//mangaka legally. We have to end the "piracy virus" within ourselves also and be mindful of our acts/opinions. 

(Image: Screenshot from https://www.cric.or.jp/english/clj/doc/20200310.pdf 

Read the full PDF file herehttps://www.cric.or.jp/english/clj/doc/20200310.pdf  



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