By paying royalties to JASRAC, which controls music copyrights, Yahoo will be able to distribute music for free to its Yahoo Japan search site users within several months without infringing on the rights of the copyright holder, according to Yahoo.
Yahoo will provide many of the roughly 1.1 million Japanese songs and 5 million overseas songs of which JASRAC controls the copyright, after taking steps to prevent the music from being copied.
(94.) See Maira Sutton, Japan's Copyright Problems: National Policies, ACTA, and TPP in the Horizon, Electronic Frontier Foundation (Aug, 21, 2012), https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/ 08/copyright-japan ("In 2010, due to heavy lobbying from the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC
), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology passed an amendment--despite huge opposition from the public--making unauthorized downloads illegal as well."); see also Mike Masnick, Japanese Anime And Manga Fans Worried About How TPP Will Kill Important Fan Fiction, tech Dirt, https://www.techdirt.com/articles/ 20140330/23484726740/japanese-anime-manga-fans-worried-about-how-tpp-will-kill-important-fanfiction.shtml.
Composed by Joe Hisashi for the award-winning Hayao Miyazaki film, the Spirited Away theme topped the rankings drawn up by JASRAC, which collects royalties from users of music in Japan.
According to JASRAC officials, the total revenue of royalties collected over a one-year period until the end of March rose by 0.7% from the previous year to 106.06 billion yen.
Nineteen record companies belonging to the Recording Industry Association of Japan and the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) filed the deposition, saying the service violates copyrights and is illegal.
The record companies and JASRAC plan to shortly file a damages suit and are considering filing a criminal complaint.
Pocket Monster BGM, a collection of songs from the popular Pokemon animation character, garnered the most copyright dividends from foreign nations among Japanese musical products in fiscal 2001, the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC
) said Wednesday.
According to the report by the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC
), royalties for music CDs in the year were about 37.75 billion yen, about the same as in the previous year, while royalties for karaoke music were 6.27 billion yen, a 47% increase.