JASRAC defends copyright fee collection from music schools
Jiji -- Sep 07
The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers, or JASRAC, defended on Wednesday its plan to collect copyright fees from music schools, during the first court hearing on a lawsuit filed by 251 music school operators.

At Tokyo District Court, JASRAC President Michio Asaishi said that the music school operators earn a total of 72.1 billion yen annually by collecting course fees from students.

"Most creators are in an economically weak position," Asaishi said. "It's not fair that none of the income is passed on to them."

The plaintiffs are members of a group to "preserve music education," including the Yamaha Music Foundation and Kawai Musical Instruments Mfg. Co. <7952>.

"Music school activities have helped nurture Japan's world-class musical culture," Wataru Miki, director of the Yamaha foundation, said in the hearing. "Copyright fee collection will cause significant damage and affect cultural development."

News source: Jiji
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