The English language Japan Times has published an editorial that shares info about a revision to Japan’s copyright law that just went into effect.
From the Article:
As digital technology and its use made rapid progress in recent years, Japan’s Copyright Law has become obsolete. A revision of the law meant to address the new situation took effect at the beginning of this year.
Under the revision, not only publishers of printed books but also publishers of digital books will be able to obtain the right to publish works from writers who have the copyright and the right to prevent illegitimate copying of their works. This will greatly contribute to protecting the rights of publishers of electronic books.
Before the amendment, the law recognized publishing rights only for the printed versions.
The revised law stipulates that the periods of the publishing rights for the electronic versions of books and other publications, and related obligations on the side of holders of the rights, are the same as those for printed publications.