RIETI Policy Symposium

Copyright in the Internet Age


Although the Japanese government is strengthening intellectual property as a cornerstone of its IT policy, it is considering procuring open-source software itself. The United States has enacted the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyrights Act), which is criticized as offering excessive copyright protection. But it is estimated that more than 90% of software and audio CDs are pirated in China. Furthermore, the number of people using P2P (Peer-to-Peer) software such as Gnutella, KaZaA, WinMX is presumed to exceed 70 million. To counter such developments, the software and content industries have started a new online music distribution service, based on the DRM (Digital Rights Management), but it is difficult to predict how successful it will prove to be as a business.

RIETI would like to welcome Mr. Richard Stallman, the leader of the GNU project which created Linux, to discuss these policy issues. During the symposium's keynote address, Mr. Stallman will speak about "The Future of Free Software" and the creative spirit in software development. This will be followed by a panel discussion conducted by Japanese policy and industrial specialists. The panel will discuss how the Japanese government is taking on policy challenges such as open-source software, P2P, DRM, government procurement and so on.


  • Date and Time: Monday, April 21, 2003; 13:00-17:00
  • Venue: RIETI's seminar room (METI Annex 11th floor, 1121)
  • Language: Session 1: English and Japanese (Japanese ⇔ English simultaneous translation available)
    Session 2: Japanese (no simultaneous translation available)
  • Host: RIETI
  • * Registration is closed. Seating has reached full capacity. The symposium will be videotaped and broadcasted via the Internet in the near future. Associated documents will also be available on the RIETI website.


    13:00-14:45 Session 1: "The Future of Free Software"
    (Japanese ⇔ English simultaneous translation available)
    Keynote Speech:
    Richard STALLMAN (GNU Project)
    KATO Masanobu (Senior Group Vice President, Legal and Industry Relations Group, Fujitsu)
    14:45-15:00 Coffee Break
    15:00-17:00 Session 2: "Digital Copyright and Intellectual Property Strategy"
    (No simultaneous translation available)
    Panel Members:
    HAYASHI Koichiro (Professor, Keio University)
    OGURA Hideo (Lawyer)
    MURAKAMI Keisuke (Deputy Director, Information Economy Division, METI)
    KUSUNOKI Masanori (Product Manager, Microsoft)