Japanese authors society JASRAC today (May 14) reported that copyright fee collections for the year ending March 31 rose 4.1% year-on-year to ¥115.7 billion ($1.1 billion), reversing the previous year's 2.2% decline.

Performance right royalties collections by the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers were up 10.1% to ¥53.7 billion ($516.3 million), but mechanical fee collections fell 1.1% to ¥41.5 billion ($398.6 million), largely due to declining CD sales.

A 44.3% drop in royalties from polyphonic ringtones to ¥1.9 billion ($17.9 million), was offset by a 123.5% increase in fees from full-song downloads (mainly via mobile phone) to ¥3.1 billion ($29.9 million).

JASRAC's collections for the year also included ¥1.5 billion in fees from publications ($14.2 million), down 1.4% and ¥3.7 billion ($35.6 million) in royalties from rental of CDs and videos, down 2.7%.

A 21.3% decline to ¥509 million ($4.9 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.

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