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“The Age of Seventy-Year Copyright Term” and the Utilization of Broadcast Archives [Part II]

A Road to the Use of Massive “Orphan Works”

Takashi Otaka

As the Diet passed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) bills, the copyright protection term is to be extended to 70 years after the death of the author or the release of the work. This article is the latter half of the two-part series that considers the issue of “orphan works” from the standpoint of promoting broadcast archives utilization. To explore solutions, the author examines the effects and problems of “compulsory license” that addresses the issues of orphan works under the current Copyright Act and of “extended collective license” whose introduction is being discussed. Also touching upon other recent developments including independent initiatives taken by right holders associations such as “orphan works verification project” as well as related legal amendments, this article presents proposals and prospects for wider usage of broadcast archives that are faced with a challenge of clearing a large amount of orphan works.

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