YouTube Deletes Almost 30000 Videos

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One of the biggest issues facing the Google acquisition of YouTube is the amount of copyright infringement that takes place. Many of the videos available on YouTube are not of the vlog variety. Instead, they are clips and scenes from television shows, movies, concerts, and other protected works. When the GooTube purchase was announced, one of the first critical reactions had to do with the idea of content providers lining up to get a piece of Google’s treasure, now that there is someone with money to file lawsuits against.

Last night, Google’s new property was faced with their first big test since the purchase was announced. According to Reuters, YouTube removed 29,549 videos from their inventory after a Japanese group of media companies demanded they do so because of copyright implications. The group, called the Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers, indicated the videos in question were posted without the proper permissions being granted.

The group also called for Google/YouTube to set up screening procedures that would block the unauthorized posting of copywritten material. They also called on YouTube users and members to stop posting copyright-protected video clips, a request that will likely fall on deaf ears.

Chris Richardson
Staff Writer | WebProNews Blog

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