Japanese Music Industries Wants Royalty Fee Added To Portable Digital Players


You may recall Edgar Bronfman’s recent comments about expecting “to be paid across all channels and to share in the revenues of those new streams as well.” The Japanese music industry isn’t waiting for the manufacturers to come through — it’s asking the government to impose a royalty on digital music players as compensation for home copying. The fee, which could be two-five percent of retail, would go to recording companies, songwriters and artists. Royalties an recording hardware aren’t unprecedented; in Japan, CD and minidisk recorders come with a two-percent royalty and in the US, digital tape recorders were hit with a similar fee in the early ’90s to cover copying losses. The NYT has the details.

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