The Government of Japan clarifies that it does not want to restrict cosplay with its new law


The Government of Japan clarifies that it does not want to restrict cosplay with its new law

The Government of Japan clarifies again details about its new copyright law and specifies that it does not want to restrict activities that include cosplay.

At the beginning of the year it became known that the Government of Japan was planning to modify its copyright laws, potentially affecting millions of creators who regularly perform fanart or cosplay of some of the most popular Japanese intellectual properties. 

The community of cosplayers was on edge for a few weeks, waiting for details on the extent to which they would be allowed to create fan-derived content and post it on their networks or if this supposedly harsher new law would outlaw such activity as well. A few weeks ago, Cool Japan , a Japanese government marketing project dedicated to promoting the country's pop culture abroad, already clarified some details about the limits of this copyright law and how it affects cosplayers , but the Government of Japan has again specified that it does not want to restrict cosplay.

As published in a Manga Planet interview with a member of the Office of the Secretariat for Property Strategy, he explained that the state of panic that followed the original announcement was the result of a single article published in a Japanese medium that left out of the hands of the rest of the media .

 "Many other media and influencers published this tabloid news together with their own thoughts and various speculations spread," explained the interviewee, who preferred to remain anonymous.

"Honestly, we are stunned. The government's position has always been to encourage it to spread around the world as one of the most interesting aspects of Japanese pop culture. Minister Inoue wants to support cosplay culture and encourage cosplayers. cosplayers, the government's goal is not to restrict cosplay activities. " 

"Generally, most cosplayers simply enjoy cosplay without worrying about copyright issues, but some experts have pointed out that some cosplayers may be violating these laws in some circumstances," explained the member of the Secretariat. "For example, although our law requires cosplayers to obtain permission for certain cases, our laws and regulations are so complicated that it would be difficult to decide whether or to whom they should ask permission."


 The issue was further developed in the interview with Manga Planet, explaining that the Government of Japan is in the process of conducting various studies and understanding potential problems, in addition to having already contacted various anime producers, publishers, cosplayers, and lawyers. in order to find a viable solution.

"They all understand these cosplayers' passion for certain characters. However, some content owners are in a position where they can deny permissions. And on the other hand, some owners have official guidelines for spin-off creations, including cosplay. Ultimately, whether cosplay is allowed is up to the individual decision of a company. "

This position is not entirely new, since although monetizing content such as cosplay or fanart is technically illegal, many large companies allow the activity because they consider it a form of advertising and that in no case will it suppose a real loss for the copyright owner. , while others are more strict about it. To close the topic, it was also explained that " The ideal is to establish an environment where all parties (content creators, owners, cosplayers ...) cooperate to make the cosplay culture flourish. Respect, ethics and manners they are vital components of such an environment. " 

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