Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers

  1. AKB48 Sweeps Japan Society of Songwriters, Authors and Composers Awards

    May 24, 2012 3:02 PM EDT The J-Pop mega-idol group AKB48 is continuing its dominance of the Japanese music industry. The act grabbed the top four spots in JASRAC's (Japan Society of Songwriters, Authors and Composers) Awards for the tracks that earned the most copyri ...

  2. JASRAC Elects New Chairman

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Shunichi Tokura has been elected chairman of the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC). Tokura started in the role on Aug. 12 with his term of office concluding March 2012. JASRAC's former chairman Toru Fun ...

  3. JASRAC Collections Fall 3.1%

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) has reported that its music copyright collections declined again. JASRAC's total collections for the last fiscal year, which ended on March 31, were down 3.1% compared ...

  4. JASRAC Wins Case Against Japanese Video-Sharing Site

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Japanese authors' and composers' society JASRAC has won a lawsuit against a Tokyo-based video-sharing site. In its ruling, the Tokyo District Court ordered Just Online, the operator of the video-sharing site TV Break, to halt distrib ...

  5. Japan To Tackle Music Piracy On Cell Phones

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The telecom and music industry bodies in Japan will reportedly implement a system to automatically check cell phone Web sites for illegal music files, in order to prevent the files from being uploaded or downloaded in breach of copyright law. The ...

  6. Japan Set To Extend Posthumous Copyright

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Recently elected Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama has vowed to extend posthumous copyright protection on compositions from 50 to 70 years. Speaking at a party celebrating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of JASRAC, the Japanese comp ...

  7. Japan Cracks Down On Internet Copyright Violation

    June 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Japanese authorities are cracking down on the illegal distribution of music files over the Internet. The operators of a bulletin board system called One Touch have been warned to stop using copyright-protected material. Five teenagers, who were al ...

  8. JASRAC Earnings Fall

    May 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Authors rights' collections in Japan dropped 2.4% during 2008 compared to the previous year, according to figures released by the Japanese Society for the Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC). In its 2008 report, JASRAC report ...

  9. JASRAC Sues Video-posting Web Site

    August 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) filed a lawsuit on Aug. 6 against Pandora TV, operator of the video-posting Web site "TV Break" seeking damages of 128 million yen ($1.2 million) for copyright ...

  10. JASRAC Reports Full Year Growth

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 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 royalti ...

  11. Japan Ponders "iPod Tax"

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Japan may introduce a private copying levy on sales of portable digital music players and digital hard-disc recorders, according to media reports. The government's Cultural Affairs Agency will this week propose introduction of such a levy, wh ...

  12. Japan's FTC Raids JASRAC HQ

    April 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Officials from the Japanese government's Fair Trade Commission have reportedly raided the Tokyo headquarters of local authors' society JASRAC. Reports suggest the Wednesday raid was based on suspicions that the society had violated the A ...

  13. Google, Kadokawa Group To Launch YouTube Site

    January 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Google and Tokyo-based media conglomerate Kadokawa Group Holdings announced a "new content partnership" today (Jan. 25) based on Google-developed video identification technology the two companies have been jointly testing. "As the t ...

  14. JASRAC, KOMCA Sign Copyright Deal

    December 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) has signed a mutual music copyright management deal with its South Korean counterpart, the Korea Music Copyright Association (KOMCA). Under the pact, which takes effect ...

  15. JASRAC Launch Copyright Web Site

    October 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A consortium of 17 Japanese copyright-management organizations, including local authors society JASRAC, is setting up a Web site that will allow members of the public to search for copyright information concerning literary works, photos and musica ...

  16. JASRAC Collections Slip

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Japanese authors society JASRAC today reported that copyright fee collections for the year ending March 31 fell 2.2% year-on-year to ¥111.1 billion ($923.2 million), marking the first time in five years collections have not risen year-on-year. Per ...

  17. Nagasaki Ringtones Sentencing

    February 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST A 45-year-old man in the Southwestern Japanese city of Nagasaki was sentenced yesterday (Feb. 22) by the Nagasaki District Court to two years in prison, suspended for three years. He was found guilty of violating the Copyright Law by illegally off ...

  18. JASRAC, YouTube Fracas Rumbles On

    February 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Japanese authors society JASRAC said today (Feb. 6) that YouTube has agreed to put up a Japanese-language notice on its Web site warning users that it is illegal to post or upload audio-visual works whose copyrights are neither owned by YouTube no ...

  19. JASRAC, iTunes Reach Interim Payment Deal

    January 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Japanese authors society JASRAC has reached an interim royalties-payment agreement with iTunes Japan. "It's a first step" until a permanent system is established, says JASRAC transmission rights department manager Satoshi Watanabe. ...

  20. JASRAC, YouTube Execs To Meet

    January 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Japanese authors society JASRAC says key YouTube executives will visit Japan to discuss the ongoing problem of Japanese copyrighted content being uploaded to the popular video-sharing website without rights-holders' permission. According to J ...

  21. YouTube Replies To JASRAC Demands

    December 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST YouTube has pledged to launch a Japanese-language notice on its Web site warning users not to post or upload copyrighted works without permission, according to local authors' society JASRAC. On Dec. 4 , JASRAC sent a letter to YouTube on beha ...

  22. Winny's Kaneko Fined For Copyright Violation

    December 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Kyoto District Court on Dec. 13 found Isamu Kaneko, developer of the popular "Winny" file-sharing program, guilty of assisting copyright violation and fined him ¥1.5 million ($12,814). The case was the first in Japan in which a softw ...

  23. YouTube Deletes 30,000 Files

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT YouTube has removed some 30,000 files from its Web site following complaints of copyright infringement by 23 Japanese broadcasters and other rights holders, local authors society JASRAC said Oct. 20. YouTube has removed some 30,000 files from its ...

  24. Groups Call For Longer Copyright Protection

    September 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sixteen copyright-related organizations on Friday (Sept. 22) presented a joint petition to the Japanese government's Cultural Affairs Agency asking that posthumous copyright protection in Japan be ext Sixteen copyright-related organizations o ...

  25. JASRAC, iTunes Royalties Dispute Nearing An End

    August 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A dispute between Japan authors society JASRAC and Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store over royalty payments looks to be nearing a conclusion. A dispute between Japan authors society JASRAC and Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store over ro ...

  26. U.K. Industry Readies Trade Mission To Japan

    July 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Aims to boost U.K. sales. The U.K. music industry is embarking on a trade mission in Tokyo from July 31 to Aug. 4 to give the British music business an insight into Japan's digital and mobile music developments. Spearheaded by British industr ...

  27. RIAJ Backs Copyright Law Extension

    July 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Industry groups push for 70 years duration. The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) has joined a group of entertainment and arts organizations that plan to file a joint letter this September urging the Japanese government to extend the ...

  28. JASRAC Reports Collections Rise

    May 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers today (May 17) reported copyright fee collections for the year ending March 31 rose 2.6% year-on-year to ¥113.6 billion ($1.03 bil The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Com ...

  29. Japanese Gov't Nixes 'iPod Tax'

    December 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST A proposed "iPod tax" on hard-disc and flash-memory music players has been given a final thumbs-down by a Japanese government committee. A proposed "iPod tax" on hard-disc and flash-memory music players has been given a final t ...

  30. Japanese Gov't Nixes 'iPod Tax'

    December 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST A proposed "iPod tax" on hard-disc and flash-memory music players has been given a final thumbs-down by a Japanese government committee. A proposed "iPod tax" on hard-disc and flash-memory music players has been given a final t ...

  31. Japanese Gov't Postpones 'iPod Tax'

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST As expected, a Japanese government committee has recommended that the introduction of an "iPod tax" on portable digital music players be postponed for at least a year. TOKYO -- As expected, a Japanese government committee has recommended ...

  32. Japanese Gov't Postpones 'iPod Tax'

    November 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST As expected, a Japanese government committee has recommended that the introduction of an "iPod tax" on portable digital music players be postponed for at least a year. As expected, a Japanese government committee has recommended that the ...

  33. Japanese Gov't Postpones 'iPod Tax'

    November 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST As expected, a Japanese government committee has recommended that the introduction of an "iPod tax" on portable digital music players be postponed for at least a year. As expected, a Japanese government committee has recommended that the ...

  34. Reports: Japan iPod Tax Report Due

    November 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST In a report due out tomorrow (Nov. 11), a Japanese government committee is expected to recommend that the introduction of an "iPod tax" on portable digital music players be postponed for at least two In a report due out tomorrow (Nov. 11 ...

  35. JASRAC Reports Full-Year Gains

    May 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 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 ...

  36. MMO Japan Fined For Copyright Violation

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT MMO Japan, which until April 2003 operated a file-sharing service, will have to pay 37 million yen ($345,000) as compensation for copyright violation. TOKYO -- MMO Japan, which until April 2003 operated a file-sharing service, will have to pay 37 ...

  37. MMO Japan Fined For Copyright Violation

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT File-sharing operator failed to appeal court ruling. MMO Japan, which until April 2003 operated a file-sharing service, will have to pay 37 million yen ($345,000) as compensation for copyright violation. The ruling comes after MMO declined to appe ...

  38. Japanese Police Arrest Suspected Pirate

    February 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Police in Ibaraki Prefecture, north of Tokyo, last month arrested a 36-year-old man for selling on Internet auction sites what is believed to be pirated CDs and DVDs of popular Japanese artists. Police in Ibaraki Prefecture, north of Tokyo, last m ...

  39. Japanese Police Arrest Suspected Pirate

    February 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST CDs and DVDs were auctioned on the Internet. Police in Ibaraki Prefecture, north of Tokyo, last month arrested a 36-year-old man for selling on Internet auction sites what is believed to be pirated CDs and DVDs of popular Japanese artists. The arr ...

  40. JASRAC Warns Of Telephone Tricksters

    February 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers is asking the media to warn the public of a bogus money collector who claims to represent the society or Tokyo-based label Avex. The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Compo ...

  41. JASRAC Posts 3.2% Rise In Collections

    May 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 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 ...