The Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has decided that the country should enter the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) negotiations. The pact between different countries that would affect various economical fields such as agriculture, financial services and even the copyright issues. Japan, after being an observer in Yokohama’s summit in 2010, seems to have decided that the pact is something that would benefit its economy more than bring harm to it, even though many people from all trades and classes have risen against such a decision with their own reasonable positions.
If you are wondering what does this have to do with anime and manga, do read below.
One of the main reasons I am announcing this to you is because of the many acts of manga and anime that may seem like a copyright issue is Japan actually signs the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). These include, but are not limited to doujinshi, cosplay and other works made by a different than the original creator, but depicting in one way or another his or her characters, stories and art.
Here are some valuable opinions that stand firmly against the entrance of the Japanese country into the range of the TPP:
Ken Akamatsu (author of Love Hina and Negima): “such changes would destroy derivative doujinshi” also, “the power of the entire manga industry would also diminish.”
Kazuhiko Hachiya (media artist): The changes would give the rights to prosecutors to charge ‘offenders’ for specific erotic materials; cosplay can not only be marked as too erotic or a copyright infringement.
This is all because of the part of the agreement where it is stated that it will allow unilateral enforcement and statutory damages. By signing this contract, Japan would become a part of a unity that will have the same rights and rules, according to the stated in the pact.
On the other side, the agricultural problem of Japan will be also heavily augmented since the country would have to lift its trade limitations in a way it has never done before. Also, there would be hardly any chance for the specific Japanese products such as rice to have the prices and control as they currently do.
Spurce: Japan Times Online
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