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Court rules documentary about Okinawa infringed copyright

The Tokyo District Court on Feb. 21 ruled in favor of the claim by Ryukyu Asahi Broadcasting Corp. that the 2015 documentary film "Okinawa the Afterburn" used video owned by the broadcaster without permission.

    Presiding Judge Kazuhide Shimasue ordered Tokyo-based Siglo, Ltd., which produced the documentary, to stop screening the film, delete the video segments concerned, and pay about 510,000 yen in compensation.

    The film depicts the Battle of Okinawa during the Pacific War and the postwar burden of U.S. military bases there.

    According to the ruling, the film used video segments recorded by Ryukyu Asahi of a U.S. military helicopter crash in the city of Ginowan in 2004. The segments totaled 34 seconds and were used in four scenes, including the film's opening.


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