Japan’s upper house has approved a bill to ban import of Japanese music CDs made in other Asian countries. The law, which is set to take effect from January 1, 2005 is designed to protect domestic music industry from impact of cheap CDs made offshore. Importing such product will be infringement of copyright. The revised Copyright Law will also make it possible for copyright holders to charge copyright fees on books and magazines rented at rental-book shops (as is already the case with music CDs). This has been a recent growth industry in Japan. Alongside the new act of infringement, criminal penalties for copyright infringement are stiffened under the revised law, with higher maximum fines and prison terms.
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