Copyright Law of Japan

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    Chapter VI Settlement of Disputes

    (Mediators for the settlement of disputes concerning copyright)
    Article 105.
    (1) In order to settle, through mediation, disputes concerning the rights provided for in this Law, the Agency for Cultural Affairs shall provide mediators for the settlement of disputes concerning copyright (hereinafter in this Chapter referred to as "mediators").
    (2) Whenever an affair may arise, mediators not exceeding three in number shall be appointed by the Commissioner of the Agency for Cultural Affairs from among persons of learning and experience in the field of copyright or neighboring rights.

    (Application for mediation)
    Article 106.
    When a dispute may arise in connection with the rights provided for in this Law, the parties concerned may apply for mediation to the Commissioner of the Agency for Cultural Affairs.

    (Application fee)
    Article 107.
    (1) Applicants shall pay application fee, the amount of which shall be fixed by Cabinet Order, taking into account actual cost.
    (2) The provision of the preceding paragraph shall not apply in the case where a person who shall pay an application fee in accordance with the provision of that paragraph is the State, etc.

    (Submission to mediation)
    Article 108.
    (1) Upon receipt of an application under the provision of Article 106 of both parties concerned or that of one party to which the other party consented, the Commissioner of the Agency for Cultural Affairs shall submit the matter to the mediators.
    (2) The Commissioner of the Agency for Cultural Affairs may desist from submitting a matter to the mediators, when he deems it inappropriate in nature for submission to mediation or when he deems that the parties concerned applied for mediation for improper purposes.

    (Mediation)
    Article 109.
    (1) The mediators shall mediate between the parties concerned in order to settle the dispute in conformity with actual circumstances and in consideration of the points in dispute.
    (2) The mediators may stop the mediation when they deem that the likelihood of settlement of the dispute no longer exists.

    (Report, etc.)
    Article 110.
    (1) Upon completion of the mediation, the mediators shall report thereon to the Commissioner of the Agency for Cultural Affairs.
    (2) When stopping mediation, they shall inform the parties concerned thereof and indicate the reasons therefor, which shall also be reported to the Commissioner of the Agency for Cultural Affairs.

    (Mandate to Cabinet Order)
    Article 111.
    Other than those provided for in this Chapter, necessary matters in connection with procedures of mediation and mediators shall be provided by Cabinet Order.

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