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  1. Opportunities for Western & Asian Tours Increase in Japan

    August 08, 2012 5:35 PM EDT Japanese fans couldn't get enough of Lady Gaga. During the American superstar's "Born This Way" tour of Japan, Gaga played the Saitama Super Arena in May and sold out one show. Then another. Then another. In all, Gaga moved 96, ...

  2. Copyright Royalty Board To Set Mechanical Royalty Rates For Digital Music Services

    April 11, 2012 3:08 PM EDT In a major settlement between the music industry trade associations for record labels, music publishers and digital music providers, the Copyright Royalty Board, is expected to maintain the mechanical rate structure set forth from prior proceeding ...

  3. New Report Emphasizes Importance of Copyright Industries to U.S. Economy

    November 03, 2011 11:00 AM EDT The U.S. copyright industries, including music, television, film, book, radio, and newspaper and magazine industries employed more than 10.6 million workers and contributed more than $1.6 trillion, to the U.S. economy in 2010, or 11.1% of GDP, acc ...

  4. RIAJ: Double-Digit Q1 Decline In Japan

    April 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Recording Industry Assn. of Japan (RIAJ) released figures for physical music market production in Japan for the first quarter of 2010 showing the market down 10% by volume and 16% by value. International repertoire continued its slide, droppin ...

  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. Study: Copyrights Account For $889 Billion In 'Value Added'

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In 2007, the U.S. core copyright industries combined accounted for $889.13 billion in "value added," or 6.44%, to the $13.81 trillion in gross domestic product, according to a study prepared by Stephen E. Siwek of Economics Inc. for the ...

  8. RIAA Ready To Appeal Copyright Royalty Board Decisions

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Recording Industry Assn. of America is getting set to appeal two aspects of the Copyright Royalty Judges final determinations for mechanical and digital phonorecord delivery rates and terms, sources say. According to sources, the RIAA will fil ...

  9. Copyright Royalty Board Issues Decision

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Royalty Board is standing pat with the 9.1 cents mechanical royalty song rate for both physical and digital albums, sources say. Meanwhile, it is setting the mastertone rate at 24 cents, according to sources. The Board also adopted t ...

  10. Japanese Digital Sales Grow

    August 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Japan showed healthy gains in digital music sales in the April-June quarter, with PC-based and mobile-based full-track downloads showing especially strong growth, according to data released Aug. 21 by local labels body the Recording Industry Assn. ...

  11. Japan's Biz Shrinks In H1

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese music market -- the world's second-biggest - continued heading south in the first half of 2008, at least in terms of shipments of physical product. According to data released today by the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan (RIAJ), ...

  12. Thelma's Scores Sales Phenomenon In Japan

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "Sobaniirune," the second single by female vocalist Thelma Aoyama, has become the first song to sell 2 million full-track downloads in Japan, according to her label, Universal Music Japan (UMJ). As is the norm with Japan's digital-m ...

  13. RIAJ Launches Promotional Websites

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Labels body the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan (RIAJ) has launched English and Chinese Web sites to promote Japanese music internationally. The Web sites were jointly developed with industry groups such as the Visual Industry Promotion Organiza ...

  14. Digital Sales Rise In Japan

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Steady growth in sales of ringback tunes and mobile-based full-track downloads helped power a 6% rise in digital-music sales in Japan to 120.8 million units in the first quarter. In value terms, digital sales -- including mobile- and PC-based down ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Japan Music Market Down

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese recorded music market turned in a poor performance in the first quarter, with foreign repertoire's market share showing an especially steep decline, according to shipments data released April 18 by local labels body the Recording ...

  17. Reports: Japanese ISPs Block P2P Pirates

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Unconfirmed media reports here say that four major Japanese Internet service provider organizations have agreed to sever the connections of users who habitually use file-sharing programs such as the homegrown "Winny" program. According t ...

  18. Downloads Boost Digital Growth In Japan, Says RIAJ

    February 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Digital music downloads continued to show substantial growth in Japan in 2007, according to data released Feb. 21 by local labels body the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan. Downloads totaled 465 million units, up 26% over 2006, for a value of ¥75 ...

  19. Japanese Lose Yen For International Repertoire

    January 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Despite a year-end surge in shipments of domestic product, physical sales in the Japanese music market continued to shrink in 2007, with international repertoire particularly badly hit. According to data released Jan. 18 by the Recording Industry ...

  20. Strong Kiwi Performance In NZ Full-Year Sales

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Three Kiwi divas dominated local music sales in 2007, according to charts data published by the Recording Industry Assn. of New Zealand. Although the complete year-end figures won't be available until January, the No. 1 artist of the year is ...

  21. RIAJ Reports Rise In Q3 Download Sales

    November 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST Powered by the increasing popularity of ringback tunes and mobile-based full-song downloads, digital-music sales in Japan rose 32% to 121.6 million units in the third quarter, according to new data released by the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan ...

  22. Japanese Shipments Down In First Three Quarters

    October 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Shipments of physical product in Japan -- the world's No. 2 recorded music market -- fell in the first three quarters of 2007, according to data released by labels body the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan (RIAJ). Audio software shipments by ...

  23. Kennedy Keynotes At Tokyo Conference

    October 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI will announce measures to combat unauthorized distribution of pre-release recordings sometime in the next few weeks, according to federation chairman/CEO John Kennedy. In his Oct. 16 keynote speech at the fourth annual Tokyo Asia Music Ma ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Japanese Digital Biz Soars In Q2

    September 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The rapidly-growing popularity of ringback tunes and mobile-based full-track downloads helped power a 23% rise in digital-music sales in Japan to 111.6 million units in the second quarter. In value terms, digital sales -- including mobile and PC-b ...

  26. Utada Breaks Digital Records In Japan

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Female vocalist Utada Hikaru's track "Flavor of Life" could well be the world's all-time biggest-selling digital single, with sales of 7 million units across all digital products and formats, her label EMI Music Japan reports. ...

  27. Japan Reports H1 Market Decline

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese music market -- the world's second-biggest -- fared poorly in the first half of 2007, at least in terms of physical product, according to new data released by labels body the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan. Production of pre-r ...

  28. RIAJ Introduces Digital Seal Of Approval

    July 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In an attempt to counter Japan's growing problem of mobile-based music piracy, local labels body the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan (RIAJ) plans to introduce an official "seal of legitimacy" for legitimately distributed digital m ...

  29. Ishizaka Named RIAJ Chairman

    June 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Japan chairman/CEO Keiichi Ishizaka has been named chairman of local labels body the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan, effective July 1. Ishizaka replaces Osamu Sato, who has been RIAJ chairman since August 2004. Global Keiichi Is ...

  30. Japanese Biz Dips In Q1

    April 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese music market -- the world's second-biggest -- sagged in the first quarter, with foreign repertoire turning in an especially poor performance, according to production results released today by labels body the Recording Industry As ...

  31. Politician Eyes Taxpayer Money For Piracy War

    March 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The record labels' attempt to curb music piracy on campuses nationwide picked up support this week when a Florida congressman introduced legislation that would allow colleges to use federal funds to reduce student piracy. Rep. Rick Keller, R- ...

  32. Koda Honored At Japan's Gold Disc Awards

    March 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Female vocalist Kumi Koda (Avex) was named domestic artist of the year for the second year in a row at the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan's 21st annual Gold Disc Awards ceremony, held March 13 in Tokyo. The awards are based on net shipment ...

  33. Mobile Dominates Japan's Digital Biz

    February 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Mobile continues to be the digital download medium of choice in Japan, according to data released by local labels body the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan. Mobile-based music downloads totaled 344.1 million in calendar 2006, up 33%, for a wholes ...

  34. iTunes Launches In New Zealand

    December 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Apple Computer today (Dec. 6) launched iTunes Music Store in New Zealand. The new service becomes the 22nd iTunes Music Store in the world, and arrives as the tenth legitimate download site in New Zealand. Single tracks cost NZ$1.79 (US$1.21) each ...

  35. Malaysian Mobile Dealer Faces The Music

    December 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST Teoh Fook Leong, a 24-year-old mobile phone dealer, was charged in the Penang Sessions Court on Nov. 30 for selling ringtones -- mainly master ringtones -- illegally. Leong, from Penang, is the first person to be charged with the offence in Malays ...

  36. RIAJ Reports Q3 Download Gains

    November 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST PC, mobile delivery soars in July-Sept quarter. PC-based music downloads in Japan increased by 144% in volume terms to 5.7 million units in the July-September quarter compared to the third quarter of 2005, according to data released Nov. 28 by lab ...

  37. RIAJ Reports Q3 Download Gains

    November 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST PC-based music downloads in Japan increased by 144% in volume terms to 5.7 million units in the July-September quarter compared to the third quarter of 2005, according to data released Nov. 28 by labe PC-based music downloads in Japan increased by ...

  38. Japanese Market Dips In First Three Quarters

    October 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese music market -- the world's second-biggest -- showed a slight decline in the first three quarters of 2006, based on January-September production data released by labels body the Recording The Japanese music market -- the world� ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. RIAJ Launches Master Ringtone Chart

    September 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Labels trade group the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan (RIAJ) today (Sept. 20) introduced a monthly master-ringtone chart as well as gold and platinum certifications for master ringtones and full-so Labels trade group the Recording Industry Assn ...

  41. Runga, Elemeno P Lead NZ Nominations

    September 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Singer songwriter Bic Runga and rock band Elemeno P lead this year's New Zealand Music Awards with four nominations each. Singer songwriter Bic Runga and rock band Elemeno P lead this year's New Zealand Music Awards with four nominations ...

  42. NTT DoCoMo To Launch Music Channel

    August 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Multi-media music service goes live Aug. 31. NTT DoCoMo, Inc., the Japanese giant wireless carrier, is launching a High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) service on Aug. 31, in time for the company's new multi-media music service. The move ...

  43. NTT DoCoMo To Launch Music Channel

    August 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT NTT DoCoMo, Inc., the Japanese giant wireless carrier, is launching a High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) service on Aug. 31, in time for the company's new multi-media music service. NTT DoCoMo, Inc., the Japanese giant wireless carrier ...

  44. Japanese Biz Up In First Half

    July 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese music market -- the world's second-biggest -- saw a modest rise in the first half of 2006, according to January -- June production data released by labels body the Recording Industry Assn The Japanese music market -- the world� ...

  45. RIAJ Digital Sales Soar In Q1

    May 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT PC-based music downloads in Japan increased by 434% in volume terms to 5.9 million units in the January-March quarter compared to the first quarter of 2005, according to new data released by labels bo PC-based music downloads in Japan increased by ...

  46. P2P Bearshare Settles With RIAA For $30 Million

    May 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bearshare has become the latest peer-to-peer network to bow to the music industry in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling against Grokster. The file swapping service, a unit of Free Peers Inc., and Bearshare has become the latest peer-to-pe ...

  47. P2P Bearshare Settles For $30 Million

    May 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT BearShare assets bought by iMesh. Bearshare has become the latest peer-to-peer network to bow to the music industry in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling against Grokster. The file swapping service, a unit of Free Peers Inc., and its prin ...

  48. Calif. Music Pirates Plead Guilty

    April 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Two men pleaded guilty today (April 3) to criminal copyright infringement and other charges, admitting their involvement in the largest music manufacturing piracy seizure in the United States. Two men pleaded guilty today (April 3) to criminal cop ...

  49. Koda Wins Top Prize At RIAJ Gold Disc Awards

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Avex-signed female vocalist Kumi Koda was named domestic artist of the year at the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan's 20th annual Gold Disc Awards ceremony, held this evening (March 9) in Tokyo. Avex-signed female vocalist Kumi Koda was name ...

  50. RIAJ: Japanese Downloads Soar In Q4

    February 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music downloads in Japan doubled in the October-December quarter compared to the previous three months, according to data released Feb. 24 by local labels body the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan. Music downloads in Japan doubled in the October- ...

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