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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Japanese To Enforce Tough New Copyright Protections

Japanese To Enforce Tough New Copyright Protections

Japanese To Enforce Tough New Copyright Protections

Added: Saturday, November 21st, 2009
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:File Sharing, ET, Extra Torrent, p2p, Peer To Peer, Japan, index, BitTorrent, .torrent, utorrent, MPAA, extratorrent.com, RIAA, JASRAC, music industry
Japanese Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama has recently decided in favor of the Japanese artistic copyright group, JASRAC (Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers), which has pushed for an extension on "posthumous" copyright protection.
JASRAC

The protections, which are on any composition written, composed, published, or distributed from within Japan, have been increased from a range of fifty to seventy years. The recent decision matches almost all other international standards, and brings Japan front in center in the war against those wishing to illegally distribute music from Japan.

JASRAC was founded in 1939, as the largest musical non-profit copyright association in Japan. It's made headlines in recent years, with news such as demanding the popular video service YouTube to remove over 30,000 videos which featured songs or clips from copyrighted works of Sony Japan, Avex Japan, Pony Canyon, JVC, Warner Japan, Toy's Factory, and Universal Japan.

JASRAC has even taken ballroom dance schools to court in the past, for using copyrighted Japanese songs in it's classrooms, where it actually won a settlement of 50 million yen. The group had stated that "it hopes the ruling will serve as a warning to other schools not to use such music without first gaining permission to do so.

The latest news, will only further broaden JASRAC's reach around the globe as Japan is a key figure amongst international groups such as the United Nations, and JASRAC then can impose it's will onto future copyright and standards events.

During a 70th Anniversary party for JASRAC, the Japanese Prime Minister stated that he was fulling backing the plans which had been brought forth by JASRAC, and other copyright organizations along with music industry affiliates within Japan.

Prime Minister Hatoyama stated that it was only fitting for the extension of the copyright act to be set for 70 years, as it's the 70th anniversary of the organization. He went on to state that his political party, the Democratic Party of Japan intends to dedicate itself to fully revising and reforming copyright laws within it's nation.

Various industry and copyright groups, such as the Recording Industry Association of Japan, the Music Publishers Association of Japan, and JASRAC as well have been lobbying the government since mid 2006 for the finalized extension to occur.

Earlier this year, JASRAC and the other copyright firms in a joint operation, created the Copyright Data Clearinghouse (CDC) of Japan, in order to reduce the financial cost for a license application and to set up an international database of protected Japanese musical art.

JASRAC will remain infamous for going after any company, business, web site, or radio station which uses Japanese music without permission, and can be considered the equivalent of the USA's RIAA. They have their hands deep into the Japanese government's pockets, and intend to fully use that to their advantage.

JASRAC is also one of the first groups to pursue mobile phone ringtones, and copyright them. It is a firm which represent a nearly trillion yen per year industry, and obviously has the capital to pursue any individual it deems in violation of it's protections. Expect to hear more in recent months from this political and industry powerhouse, as they push for global copyright reform.

By:
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November 21st, 2009


Posted by:  Blocked
Date:  Saturday, November 21st, 2009



Comments (12) (please add your comment »)

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posted by Site FriendXbox (2009-11-21 10:28:30)
Z0R4N avatarThey are going too far with this! How arrogant can someone be!? This is really pushing the limits. The schools are a little too much, but the ringtones, come on, they are just bullies not protectors of Japanese copyrighted materials. Thanks OBS for the info, not the best news, but as they say "don't blame the messenger";o)

2
posted by (2009-11-21 12:12:37)
SnakeyB avatarThe day the music died.
I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news,
But she just smiled and turned away.
I went down to the sacred store
Where I'd heard the music years before,
But the man there said the music wouldn't play....(American Pie, CP..Don McLean)
Welcome to the future. The artists will slowly start to loose copyright control and the corporations will try to have total control of it forever. Big bucks(YEN) to Sony, little bucks(YEN) to the artists.

3
posted by (2009-11-21 13:20:30)
earthunit1 avatarIt seems the whole world is getting squeezed when it comes to file sharing. The monopoly on ring tones?? Come on.!! It's obvious the industry must change with the advent of new technology. The face of file sharing is here to stay...so let the imperialist swine try and stop us. The harder they kick, the louder we scream..........Long live ET............

4
posted by ModeratorTrue LoveGirl (2009-11-21 16:37:39)
SiLvErDuSt avatarI'm glad to see Japan getting all moralistic on this one,lol
Japan is a country where perverted men can actually buy "schoolgirls" white cotton panties in vending Machines.
Catch the Freaks who kidnap european Casino hostesses and deprive anxious parents of a daughter.

5
posted by (2009-11-21 17:30:14)
vima avatarWell...There is a very, very important point in all the words about "piracy" and co called "copyrights".
The artist.
The artists give away their rights to big mediaconcerns. Not the buyers give sony and co the power. It's the artist. It's sad, because the artists are ALWAYS the sklaves. If you thing MM or Metallica would earn a lot: Ask what the labels earn, and you will see, that they still are slaves, but on a bigger level.
And how can that be?
How can it be, that there are year for year new fools that trough away "their (????????)" art to the big machine???
Could it be vanity, perhapsmaybebychance..???
Well, don't you thing that each artist believes, truly believes, to give something brillant NEW to the poor, waiting world?
And could it be, that there are people who know that, and simply play with it?

The whole story is a question how artists deal with their vanity. If an artist cannot be bought, the big machines have nothing to sell. The artist has got the power - but does he/she use it???

Therefore "piracy" isn't only a nice fun for "criminal subjects". It is THE important tool to remember artists and factorys that all games are ILLUSION.

And:
No artist can ever have ANY copyright, because every real artist will accept, that the inspiration comes from anywhere, and it's not up to him or her to be proud of that.

This is an artist speaking.

6
posted by Blocked (2009-11-21 17:59:25)
carolina avatarI don't know many artists first hand but the few I do know have one thing in common, they want the world to remember them. Case in point, the phenomenon in the past of "lost episodes" from the "vault". Disney Movies that are put in the "vault" for 7 years so that they will INCREASE the demand for them by making them hard to collect. Who will wait years and years to complete thier disney collection while thier kids grow up? Disney did NOT want to be remembered as a money hungry corporate giant. He loved kids!! So it is money concerns that make filesharing so condemed by those corporations. It eats in to the trillions of dollars they believe they deserve because they paid some starving artist a few bucks. I would not blame the artists for this. Who would not sell whatever they had to survuve? Would you blame the person who sold his car to pay his rent? The mother who sold her ring to buy food? No its the EVIL corporations who STEALS the music and the movies at bargain basement prices, compared to the profit margins they make and maintain. It is also the ignorance of the technology by the lawmakers we elect into office. Lets start there and VETO/Vote OUT the politicians who do not keep up with the times and the publics needs. Sadly that is a long row to hoe.

7
posted by Blocked (2009-11-21 22:08:04)
SouLesS avatarwhen artists stop using the rip off agents and companies...this crap will end shortly after...lol

8
posted by (2009-11-21 22:23:22)
APolet avatarif the copyright company wins over the piracy everything we buy will be cheaper because people will buy more the movie company lose 2/3 of money each year on piracy

9
posted by (2009-11-22 00:09:19)
SnakeyB avatar@ APOLET If piracy wins over copyright everything we get will be cheaper as we save 3/3 of money each year on piracy! :P

10
posted by (2009-11-22 14:24:40)
mojoman avatarjapan should concentrate on toyota's and not the morales of the world...long live ET!!!!!

11
posted by (2009-11-23 09:10:28)
macbeth avatarthere is no suprise that the jap's take it to far , they dont care, i think its wrong really , to lose you right to do whatever i mean like ball room dancing , i mean wtf that is so gay, its only music and its there for people to enjoy, they have taken it to far and they r the ones hurtin the earth

12
posted by (2009-11-24 01:10:20)
Infectious avatarWell I guess this organization,JASRAC,as they are calling themselves,might as well come slice off a piece of this pie because I have hundreds of Asian horror films I plan on un-loading here on ET,many of wich are Japanese lol.JASRAC,organized crime,it all sounds the same to me.Sueing a school for allowing kids to learn the beauty of music because they(teachers)did'nt write,e-mail,or call a record label to ask if they could play someone's lousy song to a bunch of kids?And even if they would have does anyone honestly think they would have gotten a timely response?They probably would'nt have even answered back at all.Sh*t like this is just plain old communist horsesh*t no matter how you slice it.All these companies that persue this kind of ridiculous crap are all ready raking in cash right and left as it is but if they see an opportunity to squeeze a little more out of the average person you bet your a** they get on it like stink on sh*t.Just a bunch of rich,old,suit-wearing,Viagra-popping men trying to take money from lesser-paid people that might not be able to pay for their over-priced product.
Srew'em,they can kiss my hairy white a**!



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