Collecting Societies

eLicense administers copyrights of musical works.

Before the enactment of the Act on Management Business of Copyright and Neighboring Rights (the “Act”) in October 2001, JASRAC was the only entity which provides musical copyright administration in Japan.  eLicense is the first private entity which was registered as a collecting society after enactment of the Act.

The licenses administered by eLicense include the license relating to music records, video gram, recording on CDs or DVDs, game software, movie music, music for TV commercial, interactive delivery of music, broadcasting, publishing, rent, and karaoke

The amount of fees/royalties to be paid to collecting societies are exclusive of VAT (in Japan, it is called "consumption tax").  The person who wants to receive license from the collecting societies has to pay the amount plus 5 % consumption tax.


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3-19-23 Minamiazabu, Minato-ku
Tokyo 106-0047

Information for eLicense Inc. was contributed by the CMO through Baker & McKenzie

  • Music publishers
Rights administered by the Collecting Society? Right held by virtue of a law or statute? Possible by law to have these rights cleared directly by the right holder without involving the Collecting Society?
Reproduction / copying rights Yes Yes No
Public performance rights Yes Yes No
Distribution rights / rights to issue copies to the public Yes Yes No
Rights to communicate to the public / make available over the internet Yes Yes No
Other rights  
  • Rights of screen presentation
Yes Yes No
  • Rights to rent
Yes Yes No
  • Rights to publish
Yes Yes No