1. Current Situation of Copyright Law
The Copyright Law has an important meaning in the current situation where people can easily access every information through the internet in this advanced information society.
In the past, creators (authors) meant writers, artists, and musicians, and works (productions) created by the creators were delivered by the mass media (publishing companies, broadcasting companies, and record companies etc.).
Now, we can send our works easily to the public through SNSs, and everyone can access such works without using the mass media and can make the evaluations for the works known to the public.
In addition to such a situation where everyone can easily send and access information, under a situation where everyone (i) can easily copy and paste the information and (ii) can easily process an image and a video, it is not too much to say that a problem related to a copyright lies everywhere.
2. Purpose of Copyright Law
The Copyright Law aims to harmonize distribution of a right and useful information about a work of a creator (author) to the society with development of culture.
Although the Author’s right is regulated as a powerful right, in a case where a benefit received by the society by distributing the work to the society is greater than a benefit received by the author by protecting the author’s right, a copyright holder’s right will be limited. Further, there is also a case where a created work does not deserve to be protected or a case where a protection period has expired after a long time has passed.
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The Copyright Law mainly regulates (i) requirements for being protected as a work, (ii) a right owned by a copyright holder, and (iii) a case where people can use a work without permission of the copyright holder by restricting the right of the copyright holder. However, what is the Copyright Law actually like might be unclear to many people.
For your information, our website provides contents which explain the regulations of the Copyright Law as simple as possible. If you have a question, please call us. Our copyright specialist will give you a careful explanation.