FAQ about Copyright System of Japan

What is the purpose of the copyright system of Japan?

The purpose of the copyright system of Japan is, while paying careful attention to the fair exploitation of cultural products such as works, performances, phonograms, broadcasts, and cablecasts, to ensure protection for the rights of authors, performers, producers of a phonogram, broadcasters, and cablecasters, and thereby to ultimately contribute to the development of culture of Japan.

First of all, the purpose of the copyright system of Japan is to secure the protection of the rights of authors and the rights neighboring thereto.  Second, its purpose is to pay due regard to the fair exploitation of cultural products such as works, performances, phonograms, broadcasts and cablecasts in giving the protection to authors, etc.  And consequently, the ultimate goal of the copyright system is, maintaining the fair balance between the interests of authors, etc. and those of the general public, to contribute to the development of culture of Japan.

For the Copyright Act of Japan,
an “author” means a person who creates a work;
a “performer” means an actor, a dancer, a musician, a singer, or any other person who gives a performance and a person who conducts or direct a performance;
a “producer of a phonogram” means a person who made the first fixation of sounds that have been fixed on a phonogram;
a “broadcaster” means a person who does broadcasting in the course of trade; and
a “cablecaster” means a person who does cablecasting in the course of trade.

[Q] Is Japan one of the member countries of the Berne Convention?
[A] Yes.  Therefore Japan has the obligation to grant copyright protection to particular works under the Berne Convention.

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