[Follow-up] Dubbing 10: Right Holders Compromise at Last Moment

Jun 25, 2008
Takeyoshi Yamada, Nikkei Electronics

"Does anybody have any good idea?" asked professor Jun Murai of Keio University, who also serves as chairman of the "Study Group on the Promotion of Digital Content Distribution."

Kazuo Shiina of the Center for Performers' Rights Administration (CPRA) broke the awkward silence in the meeting room.

"It makes no sense to continue the ongoing deadlock in the future," he said. "I also want to appreciate consideration of Chairman Murai and Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) Hiroya Masuda. Specifically limited to Dubbing 10, I propose that we determine when Dubbing 10*1 will be implemented here today, separating it from issues concerning the compensation system*2."

*1: 1: This rule will enable Japanese consumers to copy terrestrial digital broadcast programs as much as nine times. Currently, they can be copied only once.

*2: Under this system, part of copyright royalty is added to the prices of recording media, such as MDs (mini disc) and DVDs, as well as digital recording devices, and it is distributed to copyright holders through a copyright administration corporation. Currently, (portable) music players are excluded from this system.

The implementation of "Dubbing 10," a new copyright protection rule primarily for recorders of terrestrial digital broadcasts in Japan, was determined in this way. The related parties came to an agreement at the 40th meeting of the "Study Group on the Promotion of Digital Content Distribution" on June 19, 2008 (See related article 1). The study group operates under the MIC's Telecommunications Council.

At the council following the meeting, members decided to implement the rule targeting "Friday, July 4" after a preparatory phase of roughly two weeks. The Association for the Promotion of Digital Broadcasting (Dpa) will lead relevant arrangements and confirm the implementation schedule in the near future.

The related parties could come to an agreement as right holders compromised following Shiina's statement above at the end of the meeting. The agreement was confirmed with no objections raised by any other mambers.

Shiina, however, requested to indicate "the Telecommunications Council's clear expectation for early settlement of issues concerning the compensation system," and "a plan to discuss measures to 'return appropriate compensation to creators' besides the compensation system at the Telecommunications Council from now" in the council's next report (Fifth Report).

The former request seems to be aimed at advantageous discussions on the compensation system at the Cultural Council under Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs, etc, while the latter request seems to indicate discussions on other systems such as "content tax," for example.

The study group decided to implement Dubbing 10 on July 4, because July 5 is the birthday of Makiko Kawamura, a member participating from Shufuren.

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