The Revised Copyright Act allows caption and sign language in movies and TV programs

The Revised Copyright Act to solve the problems related with the Internet was passed, and approved unanimously in the House of Councilors plenary session on June 12, 2009. This act will be enforced on January 1, 2010.

This revision has aimed at the solution of the problems in the Copyright Act in the days of the Internet, etc., to promote the circulation of digital contents when the publications are used.

In the revised act, the article concerning the needs of persons with disabilities is as follows.

(3) To secure the opportunity for the person with disability to use information, the range that can be done without the permission from the writer and persons concerned is expanded.

-Facilities to transcribe books for the visually impaired shall be expand to the public library, etc.

-The movie and the TV program may include caption and/or sign language for the Deaf and hard of hearing.

-The reproduction may be applied by the method that meets the needs of the person who have a difficulty to use because of the developmental disorder, etc.

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