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  • Six Music Groups to Protect Music Copyrights on Web
  • August 21, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Six music organizations including the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) and the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) said they will start a campaign to eliminate music copyright infringement on the Web.
    An increasing number of Web sites are using sounds from music CDs without obtaining permission from the copyright holder, owing to the spread of the MP3 file format, which permits compression and storage without hurting the sound quality.

    The six organizations will attempt to raise the awareness of Web users by opening a special Web site, and will disclose names of sites that violate copyrights and will warn operators.

    At the end of July, the RIAJ sent written notices to 14 operators using music illegally. Some providers have even deleted the files of the illegal sites in response to the request.

    Related story : Countries Seek Systems to Protect Music Copyrights

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