YouTube bow to Japanese copyright holders… sort of…

December 20, 2006

After the request from Japanese copyright holders for YouTube to put some kind of copyright checking system in place before videos are uploaded YouTube has now answered the request.

They’ve agreed to post a copyright warning in Japanese that will only be shown to users using the Japanese language version of the site. A small acknowledgement of the problem, and I’m sure it won’t stop all copyright abuses with the videos posted, but it may satisfy the Japanese organisation involved (time will tell).

YouTube have also agreed to visit Japan and meet with copyright holding media companies to discuss the issue which is a shrewd move as that gives them a great opportunity to strike a deal!

The Japanese companies plan to meet Friday to discuss YouTube’s response.

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