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Japanese Copyright Law in Practice

Japanese Copyright Law in Practice

On Paper vs. In Reality

Copyright is a bit of a tough area for a lot of people. Understanding the scope of copyright, what it’s for and how it applies to us as business owners is a whole mess of confusion for those who haven’t studied law—and that’s in our own countries! This is Japan!

Sometimes laws are made, but not withheld in the same manner. This is especially prevalent in the case of something less concrete (to many) like a concept such as copyright.

This overview will lay out the terminology and application of copyright here in Japan, based on past cases and how they’ve been ruled. I wrote an article a few months back which gives a general overview of what copyright really means in the creative world of Japan and how it may apply to your projects and your business. Please take a look at that article as a predecessor to this one.

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Japanese Copyright Law in Layman’s Terms

Japanese Copyright Law in Layman’s Terms

What is copyright?

“Copyright” is a word that scares a lot of people. It has a tendency to put customers and uneducated designers on the defensive about what’s “theirs” and their rights. It’s the basis for a lot of misunderstandings, most of which, if I may be so bold, are unnecessary. It’s also one of the most difficult points when assembling a contract.

By the end of this article, you should have a solid understanding of how Japanese copyright affects you and the artwork you order through HBD or another design studio/professional (based in Japan at least).

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Being Transparent with your Clients – Part 2

Being Transparent with your Clients – Part 2

Did you read the first article?

A couple months ago, I put up an article about being clear with your clients. In it, I explained that being considered a clear and informative designer usually comes down to your openness and thoroughness laying out your contract.

Of course, there are other areas where you should be honest and straight-forward, but because this is where your relationship with a new client unfolds, its vital to get this part of the project right. We all make mistakes, welcome to life as a human, but each step should be a learning experience.

In this post, I’ll review some more contract details that we like to put out there from the start with our clients. Sometimes it’s difficult to get to this conversation—clients are in a hurry to be somewhere else or the project is too rushed. In those situations, do what you can. At a minimum, we always send over the contract and encourage due diligence and our openness to questions or concerns.

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Designing for Japanese Audiences – Part 2

Designing for Japanese Audiences – Part 2

Some tissue advertising I’ve received in and around Tokyo!

One more time!

Thanks for coming back and I hope you got something valuable from the first part in this series. There, we talked about typography and mobile access as two key areas to focus on when designing in Japan.

This time, we’ll be talking about some differences related to content and marketing to the right demographic.

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Being Transparent with your Clients – Part 1

Being Transparent with your Clients – Part 1

Clear from the Start

Transparency is huge.

What I mean, is that the new “good guest service” is communicative, clear and honest guest service. Building loyalty requires respect and morally sticking to your promises.

On my smartphone, I keep a small list of details that my clients must know, before I send them a quote for services (which I usually send after the initial brief). If I’m meeting with them in person or on the phone, I always like to mention the following things before closing the conversation so as not to shock/surprise them later.

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