FAQ about Copyright System of Japan

What is a right of reproduction?

A right of reproducton is one of the copyrights granted to an author of a work under the Copyright Act of Japan. The author of a work has the exclusive right to reproduce his/her work.
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The term "copyrights" usually means economic rights which enable the author to exclusively authorize others to use his/her work commercially, usually under particular  terms and conditions.

The right to control an act of reproduction is the very heart of copyright protection, which means that the right of reproduction is the most fundamental of all rights relating to copyright protection.
As for the right of reproduction, the Berne Convention provides as follows:

Authors of literary and artistic works protected by this Convention shall have the exclusive right of authorizing the reproduction of these works, in any manner or form; any sound or visual recording shall be considered as a reproduction for the purposes of this Convention.

Under the Copyright Act of Japan, the term “reproduction” means reproducing a work in a tangible form by means of printing, photography, photocopying, sound recording, visual recording or other ways.



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