Japan govt. planning to set up comprehensive copyright database

The Japanese government is preparing a bill that will establish a comprehensive database of copyrighted material. The aim is to enable individuals and businesses to use music, video and other content more easily.

The draft bill says the government recognizes the need to simplify and speed up copyright procedures as digitalization has facilitated creative content on the Internet.

The aim is to create a database covering all creative works in Japan, including cases where the rights holders are unknown. People who want to use such works will only have to contact the organization responsible for the database.

The government is planning to submit the necessary bills to the Diet in the session starting in January.