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JASRAC wants to collect royalty fees for music recorded during weddings

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By SoraNews24

In this age of uncertainty, it’s good to know that some people are out there fighting the good fight, day in and day out. One such group is the Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers, and Publishers (JASRAC), a copyright watchdog for music published in Japan.

“Watchdog” is a bit of an understatement though. They’re grotesquely unrelenting in their mission to take money from anyone playing anything resembling music within earshot of others.

In May of 2017, JASRAC went after Kyoto University for posting the lyrics from “Blowin’ in the Wind” after they were used in a speech by president Juichi Yamagiwa. Although everyone in the world simply saw it as words of encouragement to young students entering the world, it was JASRAC who realized that this was actually piracy in disguise.

Now, JASRAC has their sights set on the biggest network of music piracy ever created: weddings.

Starting in October, JASRAC will be holding a trial fee collection system where instead of demanding money per song, they will charge a flat rate per event (considering a “ceremony” and “reception” as two separate events). The fees will be imposed on the venue and/or company responsible for making a recording. One event will be levied at 5,000 yen for the usage of music during and 10,000 yen for the usage of music on subsequent DVDs made of the event, for a total of 15,000 yen per event.

The news of JASRAC finally smashing this music piracy hustle which dates back to ancient times did not sit well with those online.

“Are they evil or just stupid?”

“They’re worse gangsters than NHK (Japan’s public broadcaster).”

“Why doesn’t the government do something about these extortionists?”

“What’s next? Funerals?”

“They are really doing a good job of killing music in Japan.”

“JASRAC is a hive of evil and needs to be dismantled.”

However, no one is obliged to pay the fee; it is only in cases where copyrighted music which is managed by JASRAC is played and recorded onto a medium during a wedding.

This fee collection scheme is still in an experimental period to last until next year. Even after that, if it is adopted on a full scale, it will still take some time before the impact it makes on companies’ bottom lines affects consumers through price hikes.

Source: AV News, Hachima Kiko

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“They are really doing a good job of killing music in Japan.”

Well, something is, for sure!

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In May of 2017, JASRAC went after Kyoto University for posting the lyrics from “Blowin’ in the Wind” after they were used in a speech by president Juichi Yamagiwa.

JASRAC, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and their ilk are the disease of music. Wish they were all eliminated.

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I often cover my ears to avoid these companies litigation. Even stopped whistling just in case I get a court order. I'm afraid my stomach noises might be similar to a Jonny and associates song. Never can tell how imaginative they can be to make money. Obviously they don't use imagination to make music.

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This is where intellectual property rights leads, this and beyond. They only way to completely enforce them is to take away all your freedoms. Everyone needs to wake up and see the end game. Although I see so many in the world who hate freedom I am not even sure if that will work.

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"...... if it is adopted on a full scale, it will still take some time before the impact ....."

Oh, yeah, get married fast, the sooner the better, because they wont charge you for the time being.

What a joke .... and I hope this is not government sponsored!

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This is as stupid and misguided as it is greedy. Did they take a page from the NHK collection manual for this?

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It is simply theft.

Making money without any work.

Money from people with no commercial purpose.

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JASRAC has also sought to collect fees from children's music schools, not only for public performances, but for the practicing of the songs during rehearsals. Many Japanese artists (including Utada Hikaru) have stated that the importance of getting children interested in music should outweigh the intellectual property right.

They also went after some guy who performed 800 - 1000 year old songs, despite there never having been a copyright issued on those songs. In addition, JASRAC has also sued to demand payment from barbershops, etc., which play music on a radio or other broadcast device while customers are in the store.

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I haven't heard from this cancerous organization for a while. I see that they are finding new ways of lowering the bar with their shakedown tactics.

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Time to elope.

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thank you JASRAC I've been looking for an excuse not to get married!

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Go JASRAC!

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