Cosplayers pose for photographs during a game show. Some Japanese cosplayers have called for a framework to obtain copyright holders’ permission for costumes. Photo: AFP Cosplayers pose for photographs during a game show. Some Japanese cosplayers have called for a framework to obtain copyright holders’ permission for costumes. Photo: AFP
Cosplayers pose for photographs during a game show. Some Japanese cosplayers have called for a framework to obtain copyright holders’ permission for costumes. Photo: AFP
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Japan looks to clarify cosplay rules to prevent copyright violations

  • While wearing a character costume does not infringe copyright in Japan, a violation could occur if an individual is paid to do so
  • Some cosplayers have pointed to the need for a framework to enable them to contact copyright holders to secure permission

Topic |   Japan
Cosplayers pose for photographs during a game show. Some Japanese cosplayers have called for a framework to obtain copyright holders’ permission for costumes. Photo: AFP Cosplayers pose for photographs during a game show. Some Japanese cosplayers have called for a framework to obtain copyright holders’ permission for costumes. Photo: AFP
Cosplayers pose for photographs during a game show. Some Japanese cosplayers have called for a framework to obtain copyright holders’ permission for costumes. Photo: AFP
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