Japan is a culture that does what its told to do, like this:
- Sony said yesterday it has begun sales in Japan of CD singles that require users to pay a small fee over the Internet each time they make copies.
Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc said the new CDs are designed to prevent piracy of music over the Internet, making anyone other than the buyer who wants to listen to music from the CDs pay a small fee on the company’s Web site.
The CDs can be copied onto the buyer’s computer once, but after that any additional people wanting to hear copies of the music will have to pay the Japanese Yen 200 (US$1.69) charge for each song.
Singles by seven Japanese pop artists including Crystal Kay went on sale at stores nationwide yesterday in the new format.
The company [said] it currently has no plans to use the technology outside of Japan. [Taipei Times]