Warner Music Japan is the latest record company to stop using copy protection on new releases.

Warner Music Japan is the latest record company to stop using copy protection on new releases.

A spokesman for the Tokyo-based company confirms that all forthcoming releases will be copy-control free.

"The introduction of copy protection was aimed at stopping illegal music-file exchange over the Internet or other [forms of piracy]," the spokesman says. "A variety of consumer awareness campaigns about music piracy achieved success, so we decided that consumer needs exceeded the need for copy control at this point in time."

WMJ first introduced copy protection in 2002. The decision followed similar moves by Avex and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan).