Introduction of the RIT (IFPI
Foundation in Taiwan has changed her name to “Recording Industry Foundation in
Taiwan (“RIT”)” since 1st November 2008. The RIT remains the
representative of the IFPI in Taiwan territory and all member record companies
of the RIT also remain members of the IFPI International.
About IFPI, RIT (IFPI Taiwan)
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A. IFPI, RIT (IFPI Taiwan) general situation
a) RIT (IFPI
In Feb. 1986,
about two hundred people, the recording industry in Taiwan, the mass
communication industry in Taiwan, and the competent government officials,
held a party at ASIA WORLD PLAZA for brainstorming the protection
of music audio products in Taiwan. Mr. Nicholas Garnett, Chairman of
IFPI Asia, was also invited to this great party. An idea of establishing a
branch office of IFPI in Taiwan was then sprouted.
After the party,
11 record companies, including DECCA Records Taiwan Ltd., Kolin (Taiwan) Co.,
Ltd., PolyGram Records Ltd., Rack Records (Taiwan) Co., Ltd., SYNCO Cultural
Co., Ltd., Himalaya Records Co., Ltd., and UFO GROUP Co., Ltd. started the
preparation of establishment All the major legal companies in Taiwan are
included. who were the initial members of IFPI started the preparation for IFPI
Taiwan. Following are the 11 record companies:
On the 5th
of May, the 11 companies founded the preliminary office, and decided to found
IFPI Taiwan as a Consortium Corporation. Mr. Chang, the chairman of
DECCA Records Taiwan Limited, was the first chairman. On the same day, the
first meeting of the board of directors was convoked, and regulations of the
corporation were passed. The corporation was officially named as IFPI
Members’ Foundation in Taiwan. Mr. Nichols Garnett and his
assistant, Mr. Zuour, attended this meeting as well. Then, the
preparation progressed rapidly and intensely.
Prepared for two
months by Mr. Chang and other officers, on July 1, 1986, “IFPI
Members’ Foundation in Taiwan”, approved by G.I.O. (Government of
Information Office), registered as a Corporation of Public Welfare in the
District Court in Taipei, and located on Ginan road, Taipei, was
founded. From then on, there is one more branch of IFPI.
2008, for cultivating the Taiwanese recording industry and embracing more member
companies from local industry, the Foundation changed the name to “Recording
Industry Foundation in Taiwan” (RIT).
RIT remains the representative of the IFPI in Taiwan territory and all member
record companies of the RIT also remain members of the IFPI International.
All our goals, missions such as protecting recording copyrights and assisting
the communications between domestic and international record industries, as well
as working teams remain unchanged. The Foundation plays an important role in
Taiwanese record industry. We endeavor great efforts in developing a sound
environment for record industry of Taiwan and thus and the prosperous results
are obvious to all.
representative of the IFPI International in Taiwan and also follows
IFPI’s purpose, that is:
Assisting local recording industry to import and export the musical
creative works for improving the exchange of domestic and international musical
Upgrading domestic sound recordings to international level;
Protecting legitimate sound recordings rightholders’ rights from being
pirated and counterfeited.
most important mission is that by our contracting with other branches of IFPI,
the status of ROC can be promoted, and by musical culture exchange, the
diplomacy can be progressed positively.
Communicating with the members of IFPI worldwide and exchanging
technologies of music recording.
Supporting and cooperating mutually with domestic record industry
Liaison with local competent authorities and related institutions.
By introducing the musical creations and artists, achieving the
substantial culture exchange.
Spreading and protecting the recording and publications of music.
Enhancing the cooperation between domestic and foreign recording
industries, and the exchange of the recording technologies.
Dealing with the register of the copyright, and the protection of the
counterfeiting was denounced illegal actions of Taiwanese for many years, thus
Taiwan suffered from the censure of “Realm Of Counterfeit “ (R.O.C.).
As a result, the task of the greatest urgency at present of IFPI Taiwan is
“anti-piracy”. We set up the Investigation Department to work on anti-piracy
and anti-counterfeit. With the principle－”Prohibiting, never compromising”, the personnel focuses on
cracking down on the piracy and counterfeit, protecting copyrights, and
restoring the order of the recording market. Since IFPI Taiwan founded, we have
cracked several pirating and counterfeiting manufactories, wholesalers, and
retailers all over Taiwan. By cleaning up the piracy and counterfeit, the
Investigation Department will contribute to anti-piracy continually until Taiwan
gets rid of “Realm Of Counterfeit”.
offer other services to audio publishing industry, such as registering for
copyrights, introducing the respective information from other countries,
importing the producing technologies of audio works, interacting with
international music groups, introducing copyright systems, ect. By our
negotiation, the procedure of registering audio publications was simplified and
improved a lot. It was not only the outcome of an enlightened style of I.C.C.;
but also the result coming from the hard work of us.
In additions, we
hope to be a reformer in Taiwan, with the advancement of knowledge and the
change of circumstance, urging the government to protect copyrights and to
establish respective systems. By communicating and cooperating, we also hope to
be a bridge between people and government.
Federation of the Phonographic Industry）
IFPI represents the recording industry worldwide, with a membership comprising
some 1400 record companies in 73 countries and affiliated industry associations
in 44 countries. IFPI's mission is to promote the value of recorded music,
safeguard the rights of record producers and expand the commercial uses of
recorded music in all markets where its members operate.
of IFPI is registered in Switzerland since 1933 and has her
secretariat in London, England.
IFPI's international Secretariat is based in London and is linked to regional
offices in Brussels, Hong Kong, Miami and Moscow.
At the regional level, the organisation's work is split between Asia, Europe
and, as from January 2000, Latin America (formerly Federacion Latinoamericana de
Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas, or FLAPF). IFPI
Asian Regional Office
is located in Hong Kong. In addition, there are local offices in Singapore,
Malaysia, Thailand, Korea, etc. The local office in China was founded in
IFPI is closely in liaison with the following key IPR (Intellectual
Property Right) associations around the world:
ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association Ltd.)
CRIA (Canada Record Industry Association)
RIAJ (Recording Industry Association of Japan); JSRAIC (Japan
Society of Rights of Authors And Composers)
BPI (British Phonographic Industry)
RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America)
IIPA (International Intellectual Property Alliance)