Japanese Government Give Up Original Copyright License, To Support Creative Commons

According to IT Media [J], Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs(ACA, Bunka-chou) reportedly expressed at a symposium that they had given up their original public copyright license CLIP, which they researched from 2007 to 2010, and changed to support existing licenses, especially Creative Commons Licenses(CC).

Although that some criticizes ACA spent tax for such a project easily could be expected to fail spreading, basically the net users seemed to welcome the decision. It would have been a nightmare if many contents created in Japan licensed under domestic-only original license, though CC is (of course) not perfect solution for any creatives.

2-channel Bans 5 Major Summary Sites From Reusing Its Posts

Some 2-channel(2ch.net) users noticed early morning on June 3 that an unpopular notification page on 2-channel was updated with the warning message against 5 notorious 2-channel watcher blogs.

We ban the following URL from using copyrighted materials owned by 2ch, as it is detrimental that those people who damage to third parties and do not apologize. We also forbid the reuse of copyrighted materials on similar sites by those people and related persons.

http://yaraon.blog109.fc2.com/
http://hamusoku.com/
http://blog.esuteru.com/
http://jin115.com/
http://blog.livedoor.jp/insidears/

We may take some actions against forged texts and reuse of our copyrighted materials without reference to ours.

第3者に迷惑をかけ謝罪しない人物に2chの著作物を使われることは、不利益が大きいため、下記のURLにおける2chの著作物の利用を禁止します。
また、本人及び関係者による類似サイトへの著作物の利用も同様に禁止します。

http://yaraon.blog109.fc2.com/
http://hamusoku.com/
http://blog.esuteru.com/
http://jin115.com/
http://blog.livedoor.jp/insidears/

発言の捏造、転載元が明記されていない著作物の利用に関しても、なんらかの措置をとる可能性があります。

http://2ch.net/warn.txt

The names of the summary sites are Yaraon, Hamusoku, Hachima-kikou, Oreteki Game Sokuhou@JIN and Nyu-soku VIP blog.

There are hundreds of 2-channel summary sites, which are posting summarized, emphasized with color and font-size decorated discussions from raw 2-channel threads. These named five are the most successful ones and have millions page views, which are converted to their profit by heavy affiliate advertising around posts.

Recently there are more people who only check those summary sites, instead of going to the original 2-channel, which 2-channel seemed not cared much for years. However, recently there are more critics arose that some summary sites forged their summary, by changing quoted posts for example, and they often became buzzed on Twitter and other social media with noted “on 2-channel”. Sometimes their posts are referred by English blog media.

All of the 5 sites immediately posted on this as their latest news. Some wrote that they would not be able to continue, some just pasted the warning. I guess that they are watching people’s reactions.

There are few other summary sites who gains the same or more traffic than these five, such like Itai News, Alfalfa, etc. People are guessing why 2-channel listed the five now.

I think that banned by 2-channel is not really meaningful, because they tried to hide who owns and manages 2-channel, to avoid responsibilities. So even if any of those summary sites keep copying new threads from 2ch, bringing that to the court means 2-channel has to set who is plaintiff, and that will cause troubles on 2-channel who receives lots of lawsuits and court-orders.

Many Hatsune Miku Videos Being Removed From YouTube By Invalid Copyright Report

Popular human voice synthesizer Vocaloid Hatsune Miku are getting known oversea as a Japanese web phenomenon. Like the global company Google picked it up as a “singer” for Chrome promotion in Japan, where they chose Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga for US.

As the Chrome video shows, there are massive number of generated songs and videos are created, uploaded on Nico Nico Douga and YouTube.

On YouTube, some Miku fans started noticing that some of the Hatsune Miku videos were removed with “copyright violation” recently. Many of the banned videos are English and other subtitled ones made from the original Japanese versions.

Nico Nico Pedia has a detailed history of the issue started in last November [J]. According to it, the users who reported the copyright violation all have a name Junichi Sasa, or slightly modified of it, who are unlikely own the copyright of the removed videos.

Fans made a video to inform this issue. The English subbed one is here,

Chinese,

French,

The copyright holder of the Hatsune Miku’s video is each creator, so, on regular copyright report, the original creators are encouraged to claim YouTube to get it back. However, making things difficult is that many of Hatsune Miku videos are re-uploaded from Nico Nico Douga to YouTube by non-authors, and foreign language subtitled versions are usually made another users. In that meaning, those removed videos are not really by the original copyright holder.

Even when the author does not care, or is pleased that their videos are distributed across the web services and the languages, not many of them notice and take countermeasure on those distributed versions.

Copyright Mark May Mean “Miss” For Japanese Teens

You know what copyright mark © means, don’t you?

It should be common for all cultures that young generation try to differentiate themselves by changing their languages from adult. In this case with Japanese teenager girls, they have been using © for totally different purpose since mid 1990’s.

Here is an image from monthly teens’ fashion magazine Loveberry [J]

The model have their name on their side. The letters in braces are nicknames. And their Kanji names followed by ©

This does not mean that they claim copyright on their name. On this magazine, this © means “-chan”, casual form of “-san”, which is a title of respect.

So some young girls who are reading the magazine use © character after their friends’ name on (usually mobile) web, too. It is totally unbelievable even for Japanese adults.

See Also:

“www” has another meaning in Japanese Web

Magazine-Digitize Agent Service Corseka Ends Its Short Life

Enigmo's Logo

Corseka [J] by Enigmo Inc., blitzed into Japanese digital magazine publishing system by a service “to buy and scan your buying paper magazine for you” named Corseka in October 2009, who immediately got bashed by traditional publishers who had never consulted beforehand and was forced to withdraw most of magazines in days, announced to close the service.

There was a similar case in Japan with CD and mp3. Livedoor, before The Livedoor Shock, tried to run a service which receives users’ music CDs and make the ripped mp3 downloadable to the user, which also ought to stop by copyrights holders claim. In Livedoor Encoder case, user had to send their CD first, but Corseka got orders and keep the original magazines on their storage.

The termination of the service will be on March 25th, but there seem to be no digitized magazines available on the site already. Enigmo Inc. is known by a personal shopping buyer agent matching service BuyMa and a blog pay-per-post agency PressBlog.