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Mickey Kantor / Japan Copyright Practices (1996)
1) Mickey Kantor, U.S. Trade Representative 2) Jay Berman, Recording Industry Association of America 3) Ray Manzarek, Former member of the band the "Doors"
US Trade Rep. Mickey Kantor and others holds a news conference on Japan's sound recording copyright practices.
(SUGGESTED TRANSCRIPT OF AUDIO) Unknown Speaker 00:00 making, making that work and the artists involved. We estimate and the industry estimates I think, Jay that's right about 230 Turn and 40 people are involved in making any one have a have a have a legal compact guess we're talking about real jobs for real people here in this country and around the world, whose jobs are being threatened by this failure to adhere to obligations of the TRIPS agreement. But the two other important principles pirated goods there. It is estimated that approximately millions of unauthorized recordings from the pre 1971 period are manufactured and sold in Japan annually. rough estimates at US rights holders and the sound recordings of losing a half a billion a half a billion dollars per year. As a result of this failure to live up to their international art trips obligations. This means pre proceeds. Unknown Speaker 00:59 I might also point out that Japan is the second largest market in the world for pre recorded music, and has an enormous affinity for virtually every genre of American music, from jazz to blues, to rock and roll. The second issue has even more broader implications. In essence, if Japan is allowed to determine how it applies this WTO principle, what is to stop any other country from randomly selecting a date other than January 1946, from which to begin protection? Both developments are totally Unknown Speaker 01:42 in Japan comes back to them. I'm still alive. Don't I deserve to receive what is my just desserts after these recordings have been made? We made these recordings and 60 789 Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Rayman Ceric the doors, I received no royalties from any of these bootlegs. Quite simply, that's what we call them. These are bootlegs, these are bootlegs. These are pirate versions of the real thing. And this is this is a criminal act. This is more importantly for the Japanese, a shameful act goes public domain. Well, that's a different story. But what the Japanese are doing now is shameful in regards to the artists and I can only say to them, my friends, please join the World Trade Organization 1946 honor the treaty honor the TRIPS agreement 1946 on the rights belongs to the artist. Thank you very much. Good morning. I'm going to just say a few words about the rights of the artist. We all know about the economic situation but from the artists perspective. Unknown Speaker 03:10 Right, so criticize Australia, for reasons not related to sound recordings. I'm looking at our Ambassador Shapiro do it. Was it last night you actually last night was the 13th time we've had conversations with Japanese officials?
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