Cosplay is an integral part of Japanese culture and is also highly revered. It’s something that connects global audiences with the Japanese manga and anime industry.
However, the excitement about cosplay copyright is making cosplayers afraid of losing their precious hobby / profession.
As Japan started tightening its copyright laws, fans fear what will hit next. Will the next target be fan art or doujinshi manga?
The Japanese government is also concerned about the sensitive issue. Let’s find out what they’ve decided so far.
The issue of copyrights is very vaguely understood by most. Copyrights is simply a mechanism that protects the originality of creations and prevents them from being misused.
As already clarified, those who cosplay for non-profit purposes are not responsible for copyright infringement.
However, if someone makes money cosplaying characters without the permission of the creator, they are likely breaking the law.
For example, if you played along as Demon Slayer’s Tanjiro for a private get-together, it wouldn’t be a problem.
However, if you were to sell merchandise specifically designed as a Tanjiro’s sword or anything else related to the franchise, it would be a copyright infringement.
Similarly, cosplayers also make money through subscription / membership services or as an attendance fee in gatherings.
What is and is not labeled as copyright infringement is still in a gray area and it’s still difficult to distinguish between them.
Taro Yamada, a member of the House of Councilors, has stated that even the Japanese government is trying to ensure that cosplay culture stays as intact as possible.
A way must be found for creators to make money from their works in the age of mass reproduction on the Internet.
“In the current Japanese legal system, copyright infringement is the type of crime that requires a formal complaint from the victim to prosecute. So you could say that Japan is quite tolerant by global standards.
However, as there is no legislation on aspects such as online streaming, there are loopholes and gray areas.
Our current legal system is based on the fact that creative property rights exist as natural law, even without writing any aspect clearly.
However, Japan is part of the Bern Convention, which was introduced in the 1800th century. So the fact is that this country cannot be the only one to change unless the other countries that are part of the agreement give their consent. ”
Taro Yamada, a member of the House of Councilors
For the most part, creators are happier to see their works being distributed when it is done appropriately.
However, if everyone were to ask for consent, one person would have to answer all such questions. A debate about how to divide the differences is not too far either.
Minister Inou has stated that he intends to come up with a new plan by March 31st. His intention to create an environment in which cosplay can be enjoyed with peace of mind has become clear.
Those: Abema Times
Originally written by Epic Dope