Japan Launches Free Legal Service to Help Fight Overseas Pirate Sites
Companies seeking to protect their copyrights online can often rely on professional advice, either from in-house experts or external anti-piracy companies. The big issue facing rightsholders in Japan is that overseas pirate sites complicate opportunities for enforcement. A brand new portal offering free legal consultations hopes to level the playing field.
At least that’s the basic theory behind creators’ rights. The reality can be a somewhat less comforting and at times entirely more confusing experience.
The truth is that the ability to act against infringers is often linked to a copyright holder’s resources. If hiring a lawyer isn’t a problem, most smaller disputes can be handled relatively quickly. Those with free time may be able to handle simple matters independently, but since copyright law is complex, even larger rightsholders will seek help at some point.
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