YouTube Dumps 29,549 Japanese Videos

    October 20, 2006
    WebProNews Staff

Copyright concerns expressed by a Japanese rights-holders group resulted in YouTube removing thousands of videos from the popular sharing site.

It had been expected that Google would be tested over its YouTube purchase by copyright holders in the US. Google pre-empted that potential litigation by giving a trio of music labels some $50 million worth of a stake in YouTube.

The first big test came from the Pacific Rim instead. The BBC reported the Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) found a whole lotta infringin’ going on at YouTube. They discovered numerous videos containing copyright works had been uploaded by YouTube users.

Mainichi Daily News identified Japanese broadcast powerhouse NHK as one of the firms backing JASRAC’s efforts with YouTube. They likely support another request JASRAC made.

YouTube and similar companies in the US that take down copyrighted content upon request under provisions of the much-loathed Digital Millennium Copyright Act meet the requirement under law for protecting copyright. JASRAC wants YouTube to proactively search for offending content, and remove it first instead of placing the burden of discovery on copyright holders.

That would be a labor-intensive process, one that neither YouTube nor Google want to undertake due to the substantial ongoing expense employing a number of people would incur.


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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.