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Doujin, fanfiction, and cosplay almost just became illegal.
Posted 8/22/15 , edited 9/12/15
Who: The United States and Japan, and 12 other Pacific nations. 650 negotiators were present.

What: The TPP also known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Where: US reps , Japanese reps, and reps from 12 other Pacific nations met in Hawaii.

When: July 31st was the major meeting day, with the trade talks falling apart around then.

Why?: To discuss disputes on car, drug, and dairy trade, among other things.

So what happened?: Among these talks were the intellectual property provisions. In this, any form of derivative work, including but not limited to fan art, cosplay, fanfiction, AMV's, and doujin, would be considered a criminal offense, even if the original copyright owner doesn't file a complaint.

Luckily, the TPP talks fell apart, and nothing came of it. But if it did pass, all those things would have become wholly illegal, and partaking in them would cost you a lawsuit, or even jail time.

Copyright laws are notoriously lax in Japan with the law stating all work can be reproduced freely by photograph, film, or otherwise, only if it isn't architecture and the original author is at the very least aware of it. Many people take advantage of this in the anime and manga industry, and taking this away would have been a blow.

For a quick rundown of this before the deal fell apart here is an article that talks about it--

http://goboiano.com/original/3219-anime-and-cosplay-fans-could-become-criminals-with-new-international-trade-agreement
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Posted 8/22/15
Always something, and always linked with copyright.
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Posted 8/22/15 , edited 8/22/15
What about fanart and cosplay of comic book heroes, and video games, fanfic like Fifty Shades of Grey? If they are ok, then why same thing from anime aren't.

Street performers wearing costumes at Hollywood would be branded criminals?
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Posted 8/22/15
Phew, that was a close one.
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Posted 8/22/15
That would make visiting Akiba a completely boring thing to do.
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Posted 8/22/15

AiYumega wrote:
Copyright laws are notoriously lax in Japan

Unless it's Nintendo.
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Posted 8/22/15 , edited 9/12/15
Obama's plan to hog all the doujins for himself has failed.
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Posted 8/22/15

Buckerss wrote:


AiYumega wrote:
Copyright laws are notoriously lax in Japan

Unless it's Nintendo.


XD DEAD! Super true.
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Posted 8/22/15
Thank the lord for small favors. A big favor would have been a meteor strike.
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is this some AKB0048 plot lol
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Posted 8/22/15
It would of been interesting to see them attempt to enforce these on anything but AMV's and they still do that for AMV"s anyhow.
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It simply is not possible for the US and Japan to come to an agreement which would wholly ban derivative works. The agreement would face court challenge for unduly burdening free expression by failing to provide fair use of content, it would lose in a terrible display of fire and screams, and negotiations to construct a new international agreement would have to begin. It would be stupid to even try to completely ban derivative works. All you'd be doing is wasting a lot of time and money, damaging the reputation of copyright (which has already suffered multiple blows in the last few decades), and generally annoying the public.
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Posted 8/23/15
This would not just affect the anime industry...it would affect everything where fandoms are in the world!!! how about those i Sci-Fi movies, fantasy an such. All of those will be affected right? It would be an insane case because look at the billions of people partaking in it. Geesh.
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Yes good yessss.

The industry ain't ever gonna fully stop piracy anyway and these "agreements" scare even people who are using content legally, because they're ridiculous with ridiculous punishments I mean it's bad enough that some ppl have been fined FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND whopping USD for downloading a song illegally (I've seen and heard of a 500k suit that involved the download of just one song), but this scares legal consumers too.

If you want to combat piracy- laws like this aren't the way to go about it.

I'm glad it's over.

Unfortunately been trying to pull crap like this since SOPA and PIPA… so it'd be no surprise to me if they came out of the woodwork with another agreement that's just a slightly augmented version of this. Then it won't get passed again. And so the cycle continues eternally because the government will never tire of trying to control the internet somehow.
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