Hey everyone! A project I’ve started in the past month is a Twitter/YouTube for showing Japanese vocab/grammar in context in Japanese TV shows. I personally have had an obsession with Japanese TV for years and it ended up being extremely helpful for improving my own listening and understanding, so I wanted to spread that and create a resource that others could use for seeing textbook/JLPT patterns in authentic contexts.
So first, shameless self promo - check out/share my Twitter (where I post one short example per day) and YouTube (where I make longer videos with more detailed explanations)! Disclaimer that I am obviously not a native speaker myself, so it’s more aimed towards beginner/intermediate learners where I have a better understanding of the vocab and grammar, but I’m still trying my best to make sure I’m giving accurate information.
The main question I have, though, is if anyone here is familiar enough with Japanese copyright laws to tell me if I might run into any issues with doing this down the road. I know that in America, it’s usually legal to use media - even if you’re monetizing your content - as long as it falls under Fair Use. I believe that my YouTube videos fall under the American definition of Fair Use because I edit the TV clips to repurpose them for educational purposes and thus “transform” the copyrighted work. However, I know Japan is more strict about copyrights, and the place I get my footage from is… well… probably not something I should post here, so I’m kinda iffy on this. That being said, I have seen monetized channels that use scenes from anime/TV (like this and this), but for all I know they could’ve paid royalties or done something else behind the scenes to get permission to use the clips. I am very new to all this and my channel is still in its infancy so I’m not sure where I want to eventually take it, but I just want to be aware of what I’m getting into. Any insight would be appreciated!