[A2k] Jeremy Philips (1709) on TPP, Japan and copyright extensions

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Mon Jul 20 11:47:03 PDT 2015


Japan: land of the rising sun and the shrinking copyright?

"Japan trying to end wartime copyright extensions under TPP" is a snippet
of news that this blogger would surely have missed, were it not for the
eagle eye of Chris Torrero (thanks!) who kindly furnished this link to the
Japan Times. In short:

The Abe government is seeking to abolish wartime copyright extensions in
negotiations on the protection of intellectual property rights as part of
Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade talks. In talks with the
United States, Japan is demanding that the special arrangements be scrapped
if the period of protection for copyrighted works of art is extended under
a TPP deal, informed sources said.

Under wartime copyright extensions, the copyright protection period is set
about 10 years longer than usual for music and literary works created in
the victor countries of World War II, including Britain, the United States
and France. Japan was required to honor the extensions when it signed the
1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty on the grounds that the copyrights of
productions in the allied nations had not been protected in Japan during
the war.

Among the 12 countries participating in the TPP talks, the United States,
Australia and New Zealand are covered by the wartime copyright extensions.

TPP minister Akira Amari, told a meeting of the Liberal Democratic Party in
early July that talks with the United States were touching on the
advisability of ending the wartime copyright extensions.

The TPP negotiations have been exploring extending the period of copyright
protection from the current 50 years to 70 years.

“Japan should not miss this opportunity to demand the correction of the
situation that only selected countries have the benefit of very long
copyright protection,” a specialist on the Copyright Act said.

Abolition of the wartime copyright extensions for European countries such
as Britain and France may be discussed in negotiations between Japan and
the European Union on concluding an economic partnership agreement.

This blogger has not hitherto come across anything about Japanese wartime
copyright extensions and wonders if readers can contribute any useful
information or practical experience of it/

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