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Quick comments on a couple of recent events and articles:

私的録音録画小委員会、「私的複製」の範囲見直しを議論

Stating that their “right of making transmittable” is not enough, Japanese rights groups now also ask for new legislation that would make it illegal to download content from sites that make such content available without permission. In order to clarify which sites are legit and which ones are not, the rights groups propose… a label system. Oh yeah.

文化審・法制小委が始動、デジタルコンテンツの著作権特別法など議論

This looks like an attempt by the Japanese Ministry of Culture to bring some fresh thinking into the copyright debate, but I’m afraid the committee’s focus is too wide, while its proposals are drastic (registration system for online content with blanket licensing) and careful (stronger punishments for infringements) at the same time. I don’t think this is going anywhere.

Higher digital music prices not a good deal

The fact that EMI is going to start selling unprotected music files through iTMS is definitely big news, but I’m not so sure the associated price increase is a good thing. Brian Garrity has a great analysis of EMI’s move and what exactly is at stake.

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  1. [...] The Private Music and Video Recording Subcommittee (私的録音録画小委員会) of Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs is pushing for a revision of Article 30 of the copyright law, which will outlaw downloading illegal copies of content. Under the current legislation, only uploading such copies is forbidden (earlier chosaq coverage). [...]

    » chosaq » Japan to outlaw downloading illegally reproduced content? on January 4th, 2008 at 12:11