December 16, 2021
Japanese Society for Rights of Authors,
Composers and Publishers
Renewal of Reciprocal Representation Agreement of Performing Rights with British Copyright Management Organization (PRS)
The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) renewed a reciprocal representation agreement of performing rights with PRS (Performing Right Society Limited), a British copyright management organization. By this renewal, the six countries in the Middle East which have been newly administered by PRS are also included in the representation agreement, and PRS has waived its rights for wartime prolongation on copyright protection term imposed in Japan. The renewal agreement will become effective on January 1, 2022.
JASRAC and PRS concluded the reciprocal representation agreement of performing rights in 1952 to ensure an environment in which Japanese and British musical works can be legally used in their respective countries and an opportunity to compensate rightsholders.
As the Middle East countries has been added to the PRS territory, PRS will be entrusted to administer performing rights of JASRAC repertoire in six Middle Eastern countries: the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
Also, with the renewal of the agreement, PRS has waived its rights for wartime prolongation on copyright protection term. PRS is the third society to waive its rights after ASCAP and BMI in the US.
JASRAC will continue to support the overseas expansion of music by cooperating with copyright management organizations around the world and will strive for the development of the music industry and music culture by ensuring the opportunity to legally use music from around the world in Japan.
JASRAC-International Relations Department: