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Japanese Movies on the Internet in 2 Years

Posted by on May 24, 2007 in Reviews | 0 comments

The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

The Japanese government plans to establish a new law within two years to facilitate the distribution of movies and video programs on the internet by simplifying procedures to win consent from copyright holders, according to a draft plan.

The planned law will be designed to sort out a complicated set of related laws so as to activate content businesses and give consumers easier access to them.

At present, the distribution of movies and video programs over the internet need to secure consent from holders of copyrights, trademarks and all other related rights.

The time-consuming and costly process hinders the widespread use of them via the Internet.

The plan will be officially endorsed at a meeting on May 31 of the government’s Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters, which will be attended by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

I’m trying to find more information about this but I swear search engines hate me. :) All news articles point back to this one. It does not mention TV shows, but never the less, I wonder how things might change in two years time in the fan subbing world.


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