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  • Music Copyright Agency to Start Rights Brokering Business
  • September 1, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Music Copyright Agency, a company that handles music copyrights, will likely obtain approval from the Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Education Ministry to launch a music copyrights brokering business.
    Such a move would effectively pave the way to put an end to the approximate 60-year monopoly of the Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC).

    The company has said it will likely be sanctioned by the agency as a body to supplement the operations performed by JASRAC, by the end of the year. MCA filed the application with the agency in April.

    An agency official said: "MCA is still at the stage of submitting additional documents needed for further examination, and it remains unclear whether MCA will be given the go-ahead on the new business because of the need to check on the documents."

    An official at the company said: "The agency has begun considering a move to change the current situation that JASRAC exclusively handles music copyrights produced in the country. So, we could get a go-ahead for the business within this year."

    MCA's business will cover music copyrights pertaining to CD-ROMs, DVDs and the Internet. This will help musicians manage their copyrights on a different media basis, such as on the Internet, and thereby facilitate the distribution of digital content on the Internet and other media.

    (Nikkei Multimedia)

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    Updated: Mon Aug 31 19:07:04 1998 PDT