Ever experienced confusion and ambiguity in a range of situations related to copyright?
Ever gotten into difficulties caused by a poor understanding of a contract?
Tokyo Support Center for the Arts and Culture ARTNOTO is offering a program of four lectures in which you will learn basic knowledge and useful information about essential laws and systems related to the field of arts and culture.
The program will also explain current topics including copyright and contract-making, the new freelance law and the invoice system, as well as issues related to new technologies and techniques such as AI. The program is designed for all kinds of people working in the arts and culture sector including artists, art managers, production staff, art organization managers, from young people starting their careers to veterans.
Please use this opportunity to strengthen your knowledge of legal affairs, and to develop healthy communication and consensus-building with the various people involved in your professional activities and build a creative environment where you can work sustainably.
-People who want to learn more about rights belonged to their own and other people’s creations
-People who want to acquire the legal knowledge necessary for online streaming and social media usage
-People who want to know what they need to be careful about when selling, re-performing, or reproducing works
-People who want to know what sort of contracts they should sign with different collaborative partners including artists, production staff, art organizations, theaters, and individuals/groups from other fields or overseas
-People who want to know what sort of impact new legal systems and technologies will have in the arts and culture sector
*This is an online course using Zoom Webinars
*All lectures are standalone. Please apply for your desired session(s).
*If you are unable to view a lecture on the day, you can also apply to access the archived video.
*Accessibility: Japanese sign language interpreting, UD Talk speech-to-text support.
*Lectures are conducted only in Japanese.
Total of 4 sessions between November 2023 and February 2024
Each session: 19:00 – 21:30 Lecture/Q&A session (including break).
-Friday, November 24, 2023 : 1.Introduction to copyright for arts and culture
-Thusday, December 14, 2023 : 2.Essential knowledge of contact-making for artists
-Monday, January 15, 2024 : 3. Essential knowledge of rights for filming, streaming, and social media
-Thusday, February 1, 2024 : 4. How similar does something have to be to constitute infringement?
1. Introduction to copyright for arts and culture
Lecturer: Kensaku Fukui
This lecture will explain the important points and considerations regarding to rights for various genres including performing arts, visual arts, music, photography, film/video, and literature. For example, the kind of information that copyright applies to; what usage is OK and what isn’t; who the rights belong to; and the exceptions where permission is not required.
2. Essential knowledge of contact-making for artists
This lecture will explain the important points and considerations regarding to rights for various genres including theater, dance, visual arts and music. The lecturer will teach basic knowledge of contract terms, looking into how to deal with the new freelance law/invoice system, copyright law, the Antimonopoly Act/the Subcontract Act, examine marked-up sample contracts, conduct a contract-making workshop, hold a Q&A session and more.
3. Essential knowledge of rights for filming, streaming, and social media
Lecturer: Takao Ohashi
This lecture will unravel the important points surrounding performers’ rights, sound source rights (neighboring rights), and music rights handling with regard to the use of music when filming, streaming, and posting videos on social media platforms (learning about synchro photography handling, social media and umbrella agreements, master rights handling). We decipher basic knowledge of portrait rights, and problems and countermeasures related to the unintentional inclusion of corporate logos.
4. How similar does something have to be to constitute infringement?
Lecturer: Makoto Ito
In this lecture we look at cases where copyright infringement was determined and cases where it wasn’t; how to deal with parody, derivative work, appropriation, etc.; and in what cases publicity rights are recognized. We will also refer to various cases related to AI, the metaverse, etc. as we outline the contentious issues, key points, and legal issues involved.
*Program details are subject to change.
Chie Kasahara (Attorney, Atsumi & Sakai/foreign law joint venture)
Takao Ohashi (Attorney, Toranomon Kyodo Law Office)
Makoto Ito (Attorney, The Rights Law and Patent Offices)
Entertainment Lawyers Network (ELN), Nonprofit Organization
Applications open from 12 noon, Monday, October 2, 2023
Please make a reservation via Peatix (Account registration required in advance)
Applicants will be emailed the stream URL.
-2. Essential contractual knowledge for artists
Peatix URL: https://houmu2023-02.peatix.com/
For this lecture program, applicants will be asked to look at a sample contract in advance, and the lecturers will pick out and explain some points from among the proposed amendments submitted to them.
Applicants will be sent a link for downloading the sample contract.
After downloading the contract and amending it to include the revision history (markup), please submit it by Sunday, 3 December, if you are able to do so. During the lecture on contracts, we plan to cover the proposed amendments (answers) that you have submitted.
(Although it is not possible to look at all submissions during the lecture, you will enhance your learning by working on this task in advance. Please note that we cannot provide individual corrections or replies.)
-3. Essential rights knowledge for filming, streaming, and social media
Peatix URL: https://houmu2023-03.peatix.com/
-4. How similar does something have to be to constitute infringement?
Peatix URL: https://houmu2023-04.peatix.com/
By 21:30 on the day of each lecture
Consultation and Support Division, Initiatives and Grants Department
Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
TEL: 03-6256-9237 (Weekday 10:00-18:00)
bench Co. (General Incorporated Association)
TEL：050-5369-5637 (Weekday 10:00-18:00)
Friday, November 24, Thusday, December 14, 2023 and Monday, January 15, Thusday, February 1, 2024