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

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

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

Mechanical fee 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 year also included a 6.6% decline in fees from publications to ¥1.6 billion ($15.1 million); a 2.1% rise in fees from rental of CDs and videos to ¥3.8 billion ($35.4 million) and a 10.2% increase in "compound-use" income from online karaoke service operators and downloadable ring tones 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 compensation fees from makers of digital recording hardware and software such as DATs and mini discs.