FAQ about Copyright System of Japan

Tell me about copyright infringement.

Copyright infringement is unauthorized acts of using a copyrighted work without permission from the copyright owner.  A copyright owner whose copyrights have been infringed may take certain legal action against the infringer.

Copyright infringement means performing certain acts covered by copyrights without authorization (permission) from the copyright owner, with the exception that it is permissible for the public to use a copyrighted work freely in some special cases. Under the laws of Japan, a copyright owner whose rights have been infringed may take legal action against the infringer. In particular, in order to make the unlawful act cease or prevented, or to get compensated for the prejudice (economic injury) suffered because of such an unlawful act, the owner may seek some civil remedies provided for in the laws: in a case where an act of infringement is performing or is likely to perform, a court of law may issue an injunction to cease or prevent such an act; if the infringing act has caused financial loss to the copyright owner, the court may also make judgment that the owner should be awarded damages of a certain amount of money.
Under the Copyright Act of Japan, any person that infringes on copyrights shall be punishable by imprisonment with work for a term not more than 10 years or by a fine of not more than 10 million Yen, or by both.

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