Copyright revision helps one-coin DVDs become hit with movie collectors
by KANAKO TAKAHARA
Japan Times, publication date: 15 April 2006
"The revised law extended the period for protecting intellectual property copyrights from 50 years to 70 years. At the same time, however, copyrights that had expired by Jan. 1 2004 -- movies released on or before Dec. 31, 1953 -- entered the public domain.
'We don't need to pay costly copyright fees (to film studios) anymore,' said Kenjiro Harasawa, a senior official at PD Classic Inc., which sells some 30,000 older DVDs titles per month."