CISAC encourages Cultural Affairs of Japan to address transfer of value

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CISAC and JASRAC visit the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan to discuss the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, resale right and a right for audiovisual authors to receive fair and unwaivable remuneration. 

Following the favourable result from European Parliament on the new Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, CISAC and  JASRAC met to discuss the implications with the Agency for Cultural Affairs (ACA) of Japan and its Director General Mr Toshiya Naito on April 2nd.

CISAC Director General Gadi Oron explained the importance of the directive in addressing the transfer of value issued caused by currently existing legislative loopholes in Europe.  It is hoped Japan will further study the EU legislation and then propose a similar amendment to the country’s Copyright Act to address transfer of value in Japan.

The latest developments regarding the Resale Right Taskforce of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) was also discussed. CISAC is asking ACA to consider supporting the inclusion of resale right in the SCCR agenda.

CISAC also presented the new resolution from its creators council Writers & Directors Worldwide to the ACA. The council is joining forces with the Directors Guild of Japan (DGJ) to call upon the government to modernise its Copyright Act by enabling directors to be recognised as authors of audiovisual works and by providing them with a right to receive fair and unwaivable remuneration. CISAC’s Regional Director Benjamin Ng will be working with DGJ to provide additional information.