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YouTube Removed 30,000 Japanese Videos from Site 265

Grooves writes "YouTube has been asked to remove almost 30,000 videos from their site, according to reports. The Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) found 29,549 videos on the site that had materials contained in them that where not authorized by rights holders. From the article, 'A spokesperson for that organization said that they were considering petitioning YouTube for a better screening process. Although YouTube is legally obligated to remove infringing material when notified, some copyright holders have expressed irritation at the notion that they need to police YouTube themselves.' Now that Google's is attached to the site, will events like this become more commonplace?"
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YouTube Removed 30,000 Japanese Videos from Site

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  • Google is goin' down (Score:1, Informative)

    by jedimastermopar ( 1015773 ) on Friday October 20, 2006 @10:01AM (#16516315)
    I remember a time when there was a piece of software that allowed people to share multimedia files. It was great, you could post legal files that didn't have copyright issues and people could download them watch or listen to them....Then of course they got sued and it got shut down. anyone remember napster? There is a tonne of nudity, profanity, illegal content on Youtube. It won't be long until all videos must be reviewed before being posted, then google will have to pay millions of dollars to people to watch and authorize all the youtube videos before being put on the site. Just wait youtube will go the way of p2p only it will be google that gets sued this time not the users since google is going to be hosting the illegal stuff. Long Live Altavista
  • Re:Noooooo!!! (Score:1, Informative)

    by Thansal ( 999464 ) on Friday October 20, 2006 @10:04AM (#16516349)
    http://www.animemusicvideos.org/ [animemusicvideos.org]

    not that hard, now was it :P

    However, this brings up my question. Fansubs (of unlicensed anime), and AMVs have generaly been considered O.K. by the Japanese companies that hold the rights to these shows. Will we see places that direct link to these types of things start to dissapear (AMV.org hosts almost every AMV that is listed on it, there are a number of fansub groups that do alow for direct download instead of torrents)?
  • Re:I don't get it. (Score:5, Informative)

    by Salvance ( 1014001 ) on Friday October 20, 2006 @10:05AM (#16516373) Homepage Journal
    Many music and video publishers are calling on Youtube, Google, Myspace, etc. to start screening using automated audio/video "fingerprinting" technologies. Here's a recent news article on a pirated music recognition offering [yahoo.com] that would really hurt Gootube in the short term. In the long term, I'd like to think that such anti-piracy measures would make submitted videos more original and interesting, but maybe I'm being naive.
  • Re:I don't get it. (Score:5, Informative)

    by truthsearch ( 249536 ) on Friday October 20, 2006 @10:16AM (#16516561) Homepage Journal
    According to their copyright policy [youtube.com] they place the burden squarely on the uploaders. I'm sure it's for legal reasons. If they claim to screen all content they may become liable for any content that gets through. But they should at least attempt a more rigorous screening process than just waiting for random people to flag it.
  • Re:Wow. (Score:2, Informative)

    by yoshi1013 ( 674815 ) on Friday October 20, 2006 @10:17AM (#16516573) Homepage
    Heh, except that when you search for Naruto on YouTube you still get over 80,000 videos, wtf???
  • by cashman73 ( 855518 ) on Friday October 20, 2006 @12:03PM (#16518037) Journal
    Forget Japanese videos! I'm just p*ssed off that in the last week, YouTube decided to remove the 1985 Chicago Bears Superbowl Shuffle, allegedly for copyright reasons! And right in the middle of one of their greatest seasons ever,. . . da Bears return to the Superbowl (I hope :-)!

    I mean, yeah, it probably was copyrighted and all, but they were, "not doing this because [they were] greedy." "The Bears are doin' it to feed the needy."

    But wait, for some reason, it's still on Google Video [google.com],. . .

  • by PoisonousPhat ( 673225 ) <foblich AT netscape DOT net> on Friday October 20, 2006 @12:07PM (#16518103)
    Thankfully, the Pythagoras Switch (pitagora suicchi) Rube Goldberg machine videos are still up. Great example of sharing fun stuff from one country to the delight of kids (and adults!) all over the world.

I bet the human brain is a kludge. -- Marvin Minsky