Will parodies be widely accepted ? – Japanese Government looks into copyrights law

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 日曜日, 6月 10, 2012 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

Japanese goverment decided on June 6 that they would evaluate the place of parody in Japanese copyright law.

As Japanese law currently stands, no special provisions are made for parody works. A strict reading of the law would deem parody as a violation of copyright owners’ “right to maintain integrity,” making parody potentially illegal without the prior consent of copyright owners.

However, there has been growing pressure to clarify the position of parody in Japanese copyright law, due to the recent increase in parody works that accompanied the growth of the Internet.

The advisory committee for Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs has decided to investigate the matter, while taking into consideration the laws of Western countries that have already established similar provisions.

Will parodies be widely accepted in Japan?

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