Japan is set to extend the copyright period on works such as novels and paintings from 50 years after the author’s death, to 70 years.
The copyright law – effective Dec. 30 – was revised as part of legislation to approve the 11-member Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement.
The law has now extended protection for works created by famous Japanese painter Tsuguharu Foujita, who died in January 1968; the revision is set to extend the copyright on his works until the end of 2038.
The United States pushed for the provision mandating the 70-year copyright in the original 12-member TPP agreement. However, implementation was postponed after the U.S. withdrawal from the original pact.
However, the Japanese government still opted to extend the copyright period by 20 years at the same time as TPP-11 goes into effect, stating that 70-year copyright is already a global norm.