Japanese Government Considering Copyright Law Revision to Eliminate Video Sites with Anime, Films


Yomiuri reported on April 7 that the Japanese Government has established a policy to revise the copyright law, in order to eliminate the so-called “Reach Site,” which collect links to illegally uploaded anime and films. By setting up clear measures, the government hopes to make it easier to arrest malicious site owners, forcibly shut down their sites, and remove them from search engines. The policy was submitted by Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters at the 8th Next Generation Intellectual Property System Committee held in Tokyo yesterday.

The owners of the Reach Site don’t directly upload or sell the illegal video contents by themselves. They usually depend on the ads on their sites as a source of profits instead. Because they are only introducing the videos, under the current copyright law, their illegality have not been stated. However, the latest research proved that most of the illegal videos are watched via those Reach Site. So the Japanese Government has finally decided to take legal action against them.

As we recently reported, the damage caused by piracy of Japanese films, anime, broadcasting programs,

music, and manga outside of Japan in 2014 was estimated at 288.8 billion yen (about 2.5 billion US dollars),

which was more than double of the sales through legitimate distribution routes of the year, 123.4 billion yen

(1.1 billion US dollars).

Source: Yomiuri

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3 computer retailers nabbed for software piracy

MANILA — Three computer retailers in Quezon City and Muntinlupa were nabbed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for committing software piracy.

The computer retailers, namely the Microstation Computer Center Inc., Starapple Computer Corporation and PC Chain Superstores, were caught selling branded computers loaded with pirated software.

By virtue of a search warrant, the NBI and the Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team (PAPT) raided the three computer retailers and caught the employees hardloading unlicensed software in the computers.

The raid yielded P375,000 worth of pirated software.

“Retail stores must refrain from loading the computers they sell with pirated software. Hardloading of pirated software can expose its consumers to serious malware and virus attacks which can lead to data theft and losses,” said Atty. Dante Jacinto, chief of NBI’s Intellectual Property Rights Division.

Jacinto said consumers should also ensure that the computers they are buying are loaded with original software.

“Just because the computers being bought are well-known brands is no assurance that they are loaded with original software,” he said.

Business operators of the three computer retailers will be facing criminal charges. A hold departure order may also be issued against them.

Aside from the possibility of having their business permits cancelled, they may also face tax investigation.

Sales personnel as well as technicians will also be subjected to criminal charges if found guilty of hardloading pirated software.

According to a study conducted by the Microsoft Forensics team, units of multinational brands Acer, Lenovo, and HP were found to be the most susceptible to being loaded with pirated software.

Reproduction or copying of copyrighted computer software without authorization constitutes an act of piracy which subject companies and senior management to penalties including imprisonment and fine.

“Continued use and selling of pirated software does not only expose your consumers to harm but, it also subjects you, your employees, your businesses and your consumers to numerous risks including loss of property and criminal prosecution,” Jacinto said.

The NBI is a member of the PAPT. Together with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, Optical Media Board and Philippine National Police, PAPT aims to strengthen the protection of intellectual property in the country.

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Canadian Copyright Law Resources

Canadian Copyright Act

The current Canadian [2012]


Canadian Government

Heritage Canada has information on the history of Canadian copyright, publications, a glossary and more, as well as a microsite on the Copyright Modernization Act (the most recent amendments to the Canadian Copyright Act.)

[2004] (where you can obtain a license to use works of unlocatable copyright owners, and a list of Canadian copyright collectives and more)

Government office responsible for copyright registrations: [2006] (CIPO). CIPO also provides general information on Canadian copyright law.

Supreme Court of Canada Copyright Cases

[2002] (SCC) cases: There are many other cases on this site that may be helpful. The list below is a sample of the cross-section of cases on copyright heard by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Creative Commons Canada

Creative Commons Canada

World Intellectual Property Organization

World Intellectual Property Organization

Canadian Copyright Law Questions

Copyright Qs & As on Canadian Copyright Law. This is a forum where you can review various questions and answers and also ask your own questions.

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