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It is natural that copyright holders want to protect their rights because high-quality copies can be made easily today thanks to the advancement of digital devices. However, it is also understandable

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Kensaku Fukui, a lawyer knowledgeable about copyright. An increasing number of wedding halls are not permitting the use of music downloaded from the Internet, even legitimately, for wedding parties. Doing so is considered beyond private use of the music and in violation of the Copyright Law. (Yomiuri Shimbun)

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Easy answer: don't use the wedding halls. God forbid a portioned part of the hallway of an overpriced hotel loses a few clients who end up having a private affair elsewhere for free or for very little, and can do what they choose!

This, and yet they'll allow you to play CDs despite the laws being exactly the same! Rental shops SELL memory sticks, chips, and DVDs and even still MDs next to the cash registers for the love of Pete! This is ONLY about money and protecting certain industries. With this kind of crap, I'm all for those who want to go ahead and pirate things. Given the registrations, costs, and sometimes impossibility of getting things legally, I can understand the appeal; you're literally punished for buying the music.

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This is the irony. The music industry complains that downloading will destroy music, when in fact it is aggressive actions like this that destroy music. Most artists want their music to be heard. Hard to be heard if your song is behind lock and key and can only be played after an onerous and costly process.

The music industry went after radio stations in earlier days, before realizing they were actually promoting their music. Then they went to paying radio stations to play songs (payola).

Too many laws and too many lawyers killing creativity and productivity. Not to mention joy.

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If the music executives stopped snorting coke long enough to realize what was going on in the geeky computer networking world, they may have easily headed off all the pirating of music by setting up online downloads like they have now. But they were like a decade too late to realize what the immediate future was about to bring. It is their own fault that I got my library for free. I would have paid if a payment system was the first online. We wanted music realy bad!

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Happy Birthday to me.

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Ah, the music industry. I remember a case a few years ago in France where the SACEM ("french JASRAC") attacked a primary school because the kids sang lyrics from copyrighted musics. The original artist wasn't even in a position to give his permission. In the end he paid himself the bill for the school since he didn't agree with SACEM's doings.

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I'm just glad I downloaded my extensive library of music back in the late 90s when I was a high school student. I was one of the first among my friends to get ISDN then DSN (now optical fiber to the door). We didn't have any concept of "copyright" etc.

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A wedding is surely a private affair. The couple should be free to use whatever music they might listen to in the privacy of their own home, or share legitimately with family and friends.

I can see there might be problems with some big swank celeb wedding, where they invite the press in and the whole thing is a publicity stunt; but otherwise, it's a private do.

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Yeah JASRAC is a real shake down bunch of SOBs for sure, I have heard a few stories, one a guy made is OWN music for his shop & JASRAC still hunted him like a dog.

And these wedding joints.............. they allow you to use CDs & will arrange to play the song you want(if you don't have the CD) for a few thousand yen WTF!!!

Like speed says its greed like this that makes people feel NO GUILT what so ever for downloading free music.

Its also bad with software movies etc.......

I am happy to pay fair price for fair use but music movies & software "rights" are off the charts so they can screw us worldwide & they WONDER why people copy..........well DUH!!!

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Use iTunes. There are plenty of love song channels that you can use for free.

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I think most people are completely unaware of the fact that you aren't allowed to play music in public without permission, even if you own the CD and you're doing it for non-commercial purposes. The law is really extreme.

So for example, if you open a restaurant and start playing your own CD's as background music, you are in violation of copyright law unless you've signed a contract and paid money to a private collection society like JASRAC. They go around visiting shops and restaurants to catch people and sue them.

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This another example of why I loathe the music industry. Always greedy.

I have no sympathy for the industry for the rise of piracy, Internet downloading and streaming.

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