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Copyright law to be discussed
In an attempt to further protect intellectual property, Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs hopes to extend the copyright protection period for movies to 70 years, up from the current 50-year period. This would bring the protection period for movies closer to that stipulated for other materials by the existing Copyright Law, which protects novels, paintings, and some other non-movie materials for 50 years after the creators’ passing. The Agency, a branch of the Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology Ministry, is expected to present a bill to revise the Copyright Law to the Diet session in January.