公開質問状：open letter of questions
演奏権：right to perform
Can music lesson schools be called 'sanctuaries' from Copyright Law?
Protecting the rights of copyright holders is fundamental for the development of culture. Discussions based on this principle are necessary.
The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) has decided on a policy to charge copyright fees for performances of music pieces at piano and other music schools, starting in January next year.
Yamaha Music Foundation, Kawai Musical Instruments Manufacturing Co., and other companies and an organization that operate music classes that would be covered by the new move have increased their opposition. They have established a group called the “association to protect music education” and have engaged in protest campaigns, including posting an open letter of questions on the internet.
Behind this conflict is a difference in the interpretation of the Copyright Law.
The Copyright Law grants the “right of performance” exclusively to composers and lyricists to play a piece of music with the purpose of having the general public listen to it. Collection of copyright fees based on the right to perform has spread in stages at such entities as singing schools and culture centers.
JASRAC argues it is unfair that only music schools are not covered. JASRAC’s view puts priority on protection of copyright holders and wishes to collect fees from users widely and thinly, and this view is understandable.
The music school side argues that performing music for instruction is not for the purpose of having people listen to it. It also argues that copyrights fees are already paid through payment for scores and other materials.
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〜引用：The Japan News Yomiuri shinbun February 26, 2017から〜