April 30, 2004

RIAJ Gets Busy [9:38 am]

The Recording Industry Association of Japan is ramping up: RIAJ started instant messaging toward P2P users to prevent illegal uploading of music files.

We are also carrying out the “Respect Our Music” campaign and other various educational activities on copyright. We have requested thorough management to the academic institutions and companies where illegal uploading acts were found. We also had sent letters to about 1,200 universities and junior colleges nationwide to call on the enhancement of their LAN management. Due to the effect of this, the number of illegal uploads on their networks has been decreasing.

However, there is no end of P2P users who upload music files illegally, so we started sending notices to individual users. Against certain malicious users, we are preparing to take legal actions. The number of IM sent will surpass 1 million by the end of May.

It is interesting to note that Japanese copyright law has some interesting differences when it comes to sound recording. From the RIAJ FAQ:

Q10 : What is the condition and impact of record rentals in Japan?

There are about 3,700 record rental shops in Japan and more than 85% of these rent records along with videos and game software. There are almost no shops that illegally rent records. The shops pay a use fee in accordance with their contracts and the system is working smoothly.

Q11 : How about music piracy?

There are basically no pirated copies of records produced in Japan. As for overseas, a recently widespread method for piracy has been utilized to obtain music via the internet, and made pirate CDs using CD-R burners. However, this type of pirated CD is not seen in Japan. The piracy problem for Japan is really a problem of unlicensed copying in Taiwan of Japanese music. The current problem involves is that these products being imported into and sold in Japan.

Q12 : Is there a system for protecting the right of records?

In Japan, the right of records are protected by the system of the neighboring right of copyright system. This includes exclusive rights of reproduction, transfer, making transmittable and lending; and the rights to claim secondary use fee (broadcasting fee of records) and the remmuneration for rental record (right following 1 year rental right), and the right to receive compensation for private audio and video recording. These rights are equally granted to record producers of the countries that are members of international conventions covering record rights.

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