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The Japanese Cultural Affairs Agency will introduce a content labeling program for Internet websites in February. The aim of the labels will be to clearly and quickly distinguish which websites allow their content to be copied by their viewers. One label will allow the viewers to copy, print, and distribute the websites’ material without knowing the exact rules of copyright protection so long as the material stays unaltered. This is a change from the present copyright restrictions, which only permit personal use. Two other labels will allow those people with abilities and academic institutions unrestricted use of the websites’ copyrighted material.

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