The Japan Academic Association for Copyright Clearance (JAC) was founded in 1989 as a copyright management organization called the “Academic Copyright Council” with the cooperation of the Japan Federation of Engineering Societies, the Japanese Association for Dental Sciences, Association of Japanese Agricultural Scientific Societies and the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan.
JAC established the Articles of Association and incorporated in 1999 and registered with the Agency for Cultural Affairs as a management organization of copyrights and neighboring rights in 2002. JAC was reorganized into Japan Academic Association for Copyright Clearance, Inc. in 2003 and then the present Japan Academic Association for Copyright Clearance in 2009. Since Japanese Association of Medical Sciences has joined JAC in 2012, total five member associations today.
Currently locating the base in Tokyo, Japan, JAC is managing copyrights and neighboring rights not only in Japan but also internationally as a member of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFRRO).
Mission / Role
The Japan Academic Association for Copyright Clearance (JAC) was established to protect the copyrights of the member organizations, including publishers whose purpose is academic researches and the development of them, and to facilitate the use of academic works and promote benefits common to the members and users.
Organization and Administration
Decisions on policies by the Japan Academic Association for Copyright Clearance (JAC) are made by the resolution of the Board of Directors and the general meeting of members.
All of JAC's affairs concerning copyright management are reported to the Agency for Cultural Affairs according to the provisions of the Law on Management Business of Copyrights and Neighboring Rights. Moreover, they are subject to the Agency's on-site audit of management organizations of copyrights and neighboring rights according to the Law.