Monday, May 28, 2007

Japanese Government Promoting Easier Distrbution of Video Content

In a move to bolster the promotion of TV and Video content to the web, a Japanese government panel is recommending that regulations be changed to allow webmasters to upload video content without first having to get permission from all rights holders.

The government is not advocating the theft -or- unauthorized use of content as their proposed regulations call for webmasters to ensure that the rights holder's receive royalty payments for their webcast content.

Current regulations surrounding content / intellectual property are quite cumbersome in Japan and this rule change is part of a broader efforts to reform all Intellectual property laws there while maintaining fairness for rights holder's. The effort is being led by Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.

All I can say is "Way to go, Japan!!" The US Government and their ridiculously laughable efforts at legislating Digital Rights Management / Intellectual Property Reform could learn a great deal from this kind of open, yet fair approach!!!

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