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History of JASRAC



2014 75th anniversary of the foundation of JASRAC.
CISAC/BIEM international conferences held in Tokyo.
Establishment of JASRAC Music Culture Award.
JASRAC revised the tariffs for publishing (printing).




2013 JASRAC revised the tariffs for lending (rental CDs).



2012 JASRAC Awards 30th Anniversary event "Thirty Years of JASRAC Awards" held.
JASRAC revised the tariffs for performances at concert.
Administration of performances at culture centers started.


Amended Copyright Law enacted (stipulations to facilitate the use of copyright works on the Internet and curb illegal circulation of copyright works introduced). 2010 Transition to a "general incorporated association."

Establishment of the General Incorporated Association Copyright Data Clearinghouse (CDC).   2009 70th anniversary of the foundation of JASRAC.  



2008 The Reciprocal Representation Agreement with the Korea Music Copyright Association (KOMCA) took effect.  



2007 JASRAC fully revised the tariffs for performances at entertainment places.  
JASRAC announced the licensing conditions for video posting (sharing) websites services (UGC).  


Amended Copyright Law enacted (facilitating the simultaneous re-transmission of broadcasting by using IP multicast broadcasting, strengthening penalties, etc.). 2006 CISAC “Radio and Television Broadcasting” Technical Committee held in Nara.

2005 Appeal court ruling on infringement of copyright by music file sharing service finalized (suspension of copyright infringement and payment for damages).

Amended Copyright Law enacted (introduction of prevention measures for sound recordings from flowing back across the border, etc.). 2004 Electronic Data Interface (EDI) of JASRAC operations advanced (e.g.implementation of the system for user application for license on the Internet).

Basic Law on Intellectual Property enacted.  
Intellectual Property Policy Headquaters set up in the Cabinet.  

2003 JASRAC fully revised the tariffs for concert.  



2002 JASRAC introduces amendments allowing trustors to select the scope of rights entrustment.  
Commencement of administration of BGM use.  


Commencement of enforcement of Law on Management Business of Copyright and Neighboring Rights. 2001 Commencement of administration of non-commercial interactive transmissions.  
Execution of "STEP 2001," follow-up evaluation project for digital watermark technology.  
CISAC Broadcasting Technical Committee and Asia-Pacific Committee meetings held in Tokyo.  


Enactment of Law on Management Business
of Copyright and Neighboring Rights.
2000 Execution of "STEP 2000," an international project to evaluate digital watermark technology.  
Approval of tariff provisions and schedules for "interactive transmissions."  


100th anniversary of enactment of Copyright Law.  
Society for Administration of Remuneration for Video Home Recording (SARVH) established.  
Japanese Copyright Law is amended, abolishing Article 14 of the Supplementary Provisions.  

1999 60th anniversary of the foundation of JASRAC.  
CISAC Administrative Council and Executive Bureau held in Tokyo.  
JASRAC announces "DAWN 2001" Project.  
Musical work information is made public on the Internet.  




1998 JASRAC starts collection of royalties from karaoke premises with a floor space of under 16.5m2 and banquet rooms under 33m2.  
JASRAC revises its Articles of Association and initiates non-profit cultural activities.  


Public transmission rights created within the Copyright Law.   1997 JASRAC agrees with the association for on-line Karaoke operators regarding payment of royalties for on-line karaoke.  

World Trade Organization (WTO) Convention takes effect in Japan.

1996



1995 JASRAC receives first remuneration for home recording from SARAH.  

Society for Administration of Remuneration for Audio Home Recording (SARAH) established.  

1993

MDs and DCCs put on the market.  
Rights to claim remuneration home digital recordings created within the Copyright Law.  


1992



1990 Strategic Conference on Private Audiovisual Copying formed.  

Satellite broadcasting begins.  
Japan becomes a signatory to the Rome Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations.  


1989 50th anniversary of the foundation of JASRAC.


1987 JASRAC starts nationwide collection of royalties on the use of music in karaoke.  



1986 JASRAC installs a mainframe computer.  

Lending rights created within the Copyright Law.   1984 JASRAC starts administering rental records.  
JASRAC organizes the34th CISAC General Assembly in Tokyo.  


CDs put on the market
CISAC Asia-Pacific Committee established.  


1982

Japan becomes a signatory to the Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms against Unauthorized Duplication of Their Phonograms.  

1978 JASRAC starts collection of broadcasting royalties with a blanket arrangement.  


1977 JASRAC installs an online computer system.  

New Copyright Law enacted.  

1971



1968 JASRAC joins BIEM.  



1966 JASRAC operations partially computerized.  



1960 Nagoya High Court confirms the owner's responsibility for using music in a performance by a band in a "place of entertainment."
JASRAC joins CISAC.  


Japan becomes a signatory to the Universal Copyright Convention.  

1956

TV broadcasting begins.  

1953

Peace Treaty effectuated.  

1952



1951 JASRAC enters into its first representation agreement with a foreign copyright society (ASCAP).  

Constitution of Japan proclaimed.  

1946

World War II comes to an end.  

1945

Pacific War begins.  

1941


  1940 JASRAC initiates operations.  



1939 Law on Intermediary Business concerning Copyrights enacted.  
JASRAC established.  


Radio broadcasting begins.  

1925

Copyright Law enacted.  
Japan becomes a signatory to the Berne Convention.  


1899