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A Question About Fanfiction in Japan

James Nicoll is asking "How exactly is the issue of fan fiction handled in Japan?"

' I have some vague theories, but some of you may actually have answers.


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Jun. 19th, 2011 07:16 pm (UTC)
I have no idea, but if the tolerance of doujinshi, which to my mind are blatant violation of trademark, and most likely copyright even under US exceptions for fair use, is any indication, it's even more blatant and normalized than it is here.

IMO, fanfiction that is original and not a rehash of canon -- is not a violation of copyright under US law. (Don't know much of anything about Japanese copyright law, but I'll bet it's no more liberal than US law.) It annoys the heck out of me that many fanfiction writers (and some authors) assume that it's technically illegal. (Which it would be if done for remuneration.)
Jun. 20th, 2011 04:26 am (UTC)
This article's a couple of years old and so there may have been some legal changes since it came out, but my general understanding is that (1) yes, the DJ market is technically just as illegal as it would be in the US, but (2) while there have been some noteworthy exceptions, there's generally a sort of unspoken gentleman's agreement that if the amateur publishers restrict themselves to limited print runs, etc., the publishers will generally look the other way.
Jun. 19th, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
Considering there are shops such as K-Books, Mandrake and Animate, ect that sell this stuff (doujinshi and fanfiction that has been printed.) I would say their laws are very different.

Often it is a way for people to be picked up, Minekura started as a doujinshi artist :P Technically speaking her original versions of journey to the west were much closer to the chinese counter part.

From the way i see it, when you read doujinshi most of them tell you at the back to support the real artist, and to also buy their own original work. Japan is a strange place, rule and regulation wise, they have hardcore yaoi in normal bookshops. The cover for EVERYONE to see.

I assume that it is alright for them to do it, as long as they are not profiting heavily, i would say the costs of purchasing a doujinshi would barely cover the cost per printing and doing the books. Maybe because of that is ok?
Jun. 22nd, 2011 05:22 am (UTC)
Did you see the Tolkien doujinshi links I posted, nee-chan? You might find them rather amusing. XD
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