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The Protection of the Rights of Broadcasting Organisations in Japan

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Japan proposed the rights of broadcasting organisations at the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights in 1988, and reported that its Copyright Council was giving consideration to amending the provisions of its Copyright Law. The action which Japan has taken for six years since 1988 shows a clear contrast with Australia. This Chapter examines Japan's position regarding the protection of the rights of broadcasting organisations. It analyses the Japanese Copyright Law (Chosakuken-hou). The chapter considers the reasons why Japan needs to strengthen the rights of broadcasting organisations and why an effective amendment has not been made. It analyses the problems of protection, the reasons for non-action and the content of the minor amendment. The chapter explores the possibility of Japan recognising copyright in broadcasts as a means of upgrading the rights of broadcasting organisations.

Keywords: broadcasting organisations; Copyright Council; Copyright Law (Chosakuken-hou); Japan; World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)



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