Japanese authors' society JASRAC (Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers) today reports copyright fee collections for the year ending March 31, 2004, rose 3.2% to ¥109.5

Japanese authors' society JASRAC (Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers) today reports copyright fee collections for the year ending March 31, 2004, rose 3.2% to ¥109.5 billion ($959 million).

Performance right royalties collections by JASRAC were up 4.5% to ¥43.4 billion ($380.2 million), boosted by a 9.8% rise in broadcasting royalties.

Mechanical fee collections rose 2.6% to ¥46 billion ($402.9 million), as royalty collections from booming sales of music DVDs offset an 8.4% decline in collections from CD sales. This marks the fifth consecutive year mechanicals from CDs have fallen.

JASRAC's collections for the year also included a 1% rise in fees from publications to ¥1.7 billion ($15.3 million); a 5.3% decrease in fees from rental of CDs and videos to ¥3.7 billion ($32.7 million); a 4.2% increase in "compound-use" income from online karaoke service operators and downloadable ring tones to ¥13.8 billion ($120 million); and a 7.7% drop, to ¥844.2 million ($7.4 million), in payments 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.

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