JAPANESE DIGITAL INFORMATION: POLICY, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTYAND ECONOMICS
This chapter compares and contrasts the United States and Japan in theseimportant respects:
- National policy. Is the government organized for and committed to digitallibrary development on a large scale?
- Copyright. Is the copyright system structured to facilitate digitallibraries while providing fair reward to content creators?
- Economic models. Are payment mechanisms in place that permit users toreceive proprietary content and distribute revenue to content owners?
The conclusion is that in the first two areas Japan is significantly aheadof the United States. Japan is not perceived to lead in the area of economicmodels for reasons discussed below.
Published: February 1999; WTECHyper-Librarian