Two links: copyright policy overview + OpenCourseWare

I was actually working on another blog entry, but these links simply couldn’t wait:

  • The Protection and Use of Copyrights is an English PDF file that gives a nice overview of the not always so nice changes in the Japanese copyright law in the period 2003-2004: “Measures to prevent the reverse import of phonograms”, “Conferral of rental rights for books and magazines”, “Reinforced penalties”, “Stronger copyright protection for cinematographic works”—yep, it’s all there.
  • In other news: great evolutions on the Japanese Open Access front. There is not only a new blog in town, but also a real OpenCourseWare project à la MIT’s, listing courses of 6 Japanese universities. Excellent! (via Hans)

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