Monday, August 29, 2011
Souichirou Kozuka, Gakushuin University, has published Reforming Japanese Copyright and Content Distribution Laws: The Commodification of ‘Cool Japan’? Here is the abstract.
Since 2006, a few proposals have been made in Japan for the reform of copyright regime. These proposals have a common aim of promoting the distribution of content and facilitating the entertainment industry. The agenda is very unique to Japan, as most other countries are more concerned about the protection and enforcement of copyright in the digital environment (whether good or bad) than the promoted distribution of copyrighted works. However, a closer look at the entertainment industry in Japan reveals that the problem lies with the structure of the industry, such as the absence of new entrants to the distribution channel and the poor working conditions of the creators. Therefore, it is doubtful that the proposed reform of copyright regime, even if adopted, will successfully facilitate the Japanese entertainment industry.
Download the paper from SSRN at the link.