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YouTube Removes Japanese Clips

Oct 20, 2006  •  Post A Comment

YouTube removed nearly 30,000 video clips from Japanese TV programs, music videos and movies after The Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers requested they be taken down, the Associated Press reported Friday.

Video-sharing sites that have built their audiences on both user-generated content and copyrighted material are now staring down a parade of potential lawsuits for copyright violations. Earlier in the week, Universal Music Group filed lawsuits against Grouper.com and Bolt.com for copyright-infringing use of the label’s music videos.

The Japanese-themed videos have been among the most popular on YouTube. In fact, in July YouTube claimed 8.5 million total unique visitors in Japan, according to Comscore.

Google is poised to acquire YouTube later this year for $1.65 billion. On Google’s earnings call yesterday, CEO Eric Schmidt said the company plans to rely on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act when dealing with copyright issues.