Saturday, June 28, 2014

JASRAC are assholes (ORLY?)

On June 26th, JASRAC (Japanese version of the RIAA) took a kyabakura (type of night club with hostesses) to Tokyo District Court and they were ordered to pay a fine of 157 million yen for having a pianist play jazz and pop songs in the club without permission.

The company who run the clubs claimed that the music was for enhancing the club's atmosphere but the chief judge dismissed these claims and said they were used for commercial purposes.

JASRAC's strong stance against music sharing/distribution etc have made them a hated figure. Now that Japan's music industry is dead (only AKB48 and Johnnys sell CDs these days), they need another source of income.


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