The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers on May 18 reported that collections for the fiscal year ending March 31 rose 1.2% to ¥.110.8 billion ($1 billion).


TOKYO -- The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers on May 18 reported that collections for the fiscal year ending March 31 rose 1.2% to ¥.110.8 billion ($1 billion).

Performance right royalties were up 4% to ¥.45.1 billion ($419.7 million), boosted by a rise in broadcasting royalties.

Mechanical royalty collections were down 3.8% to ¥.44.2 billion ($411.4 million), mainly due to the ongoing decline in CD sales. This marks the sixth consecutive year mechanicals collections have declined.

JASRAC's collections for the fiscal year also included a decline in fees from publications by 6.6% to ¥.1.6 billion ($15.1 million); a rise in fees from rental of CDs and videos by 2.1% to ¥.3.8 billion ($35.4 million) and an increase in "compound-use" income from online karaoke service operators and downloadable ringtones of 10.2% to ¥.15.2 billion ($141.5 million).

A 5.2% decline, to ¥.800.2 million ($7.4 million), in payments was reported from SARAH, the society set up to administer home-copying fees from makers of digital recording hardware and software such as DATs and mini discs.

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