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 musical compositions.

Jasrac claim the site, due to be launched in April 2008, will be Japan's most comprehensive one-stop source for information on copyrighted content, adding that it will include the society's own 2.2 million song database. It will also provide users with contact information for rights-holders and give details of which conditions their works can be used under.

The database will also include information on works already in the public domain. The consortium, which includes local labels body the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan and the Music Publishers Assn. of Japan, says it also hopes to provide, under certain conditions, information on rights-holders who do not belong to any of the 17 organizations.