Tokyo-based copyright-management agency Japan Rights Clearance (JRC) says it has reached a comprehensive copyright agreement with Google on the use of JRC-managed content on Google-owned YouTube.

The agreement enables YouTube users to upload video clips using JRC-managed tracks on the site, and allows artists to use the site for their promotional activities.

Acts whose music is handled by JRC include rock bands L'Arc-en-Ciel and Spitz and female pop dup Bennie K.

Following the agreement, two independent Tokyo-based labels that have deals with JRC, For Life Music Entertainment and Danger Crue Records, plan to launch official YouTube "channels" to promote their acts.

JRC was established in 2000 by several record companies and currently manages about 5,000 tracks. It collected royalties totaling some ¥900 million ($9.1 million) in 2007.