A Japanese rock band GLAY announced that they won’t collect copyright fee from couples who use their songs in wedding receptions.
GLAY is a Japanese national rock band which has lots of hit songs. It consists of TERU, TAKURO, HISASHI and JIRO. They made their debut in 1994, and sold 3.8 million CDs totally as of 2017, including hit songs like “HOWEVER“, “Yuwaku“(Temptation), “SOUL LOVE“, “BE WITH YOU” and “Winter Again“. They also set a record of the most sold music album in Japan with “REVIEW-BEST OF GLAY” which was sold 5 million CDs.
Those songs are used in TV commercials, theme songs of TV drama series, and also popular among couples who have wedding receptions. Because the melody and lyrics of their love songs suit wedding receptions.
Usually, when couples use songs in their wedding parties, they need to pay copy right fee to JASRAC managing copy rights of musical artists comprehensively. But GLAY has decided not to collect copy right fee from newly married couples in their wedding party.
Recently, activities of JASRAC has become the focus of criticism in Japan. The reason is that they are going to collect copy right fee from music classes. Most of Japanese people think that it’s crazy. Because they should charge copyright fee on business purpose. In music classes, students use songs for practicing musical instruments. This topic went viral, and some musicians also revealed their opinions about it. People are considering that GLAY expresses their opinion about copyright fee through this action.