April 24, 2018
Japanese Society for Rights of Authors,
Composers and Publishers
Nation’s First Execution of Provisional Injunction
Against a Club for Prolonged Copyright Violation
On April 23, 2018, JASRAC executed a provisional injunction for the retention of audio players by the enforcement officer at the club “LEOPARD” (Naka Ward, Hiroshima City) which had continued to infringe copyrights by using music without a usage license contract with JASRAC.
This is the nation’s first execution of provisional injunction against a club for copyright violation.
Since its opening in December 2014, the club had been repeatedly using musical works administered by JASRAC (hereinafter called “JASRAC repertoire”) without authorization, by playing CDs or records and singing to the accompaniment of karaoke in VIP rooms, in spite of repeated approaches by JASRAC.
In response, JASRAC filed a petition for a provisional injunction with the Hiroshima District Court in December 2017 against the owners of the club, requesting the cessation of unauthorized use and ceasure of equipment by the enforcement officer. Because the parties failed to reconcile at the court hearing date, the Hiroshima District Court ordered the execution of the provisional injunction requested by JASRAC on April 11, 2018.
JASRAC will continue to take measures against venues using JASRAC repertoire without authorization with an aim to have music used legally.
(*) A “Club” as used in this release is an establishment that allows customers to listen, dance to, etc. music played back using DJ controlled turn-tables and other equipment.
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