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Video-sharing service YouTube has wiped nearly 30,000 files from its website after Japanese media companies said their copyright was being infringed.
The Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers found 29,549 music video, movie and TV clips had been posted without permission.
I wonder if more will follow and whether the equity deal allows them to post lots of vids from those companies or still requires them to remove the offending material.
It will be interesting to see whether it will retain all of its users if its starts to remove lots of clips (especially when they are other less selective sites).
[edited by: engine at 1:27 pm (utc) on Oct. 20, 2006]
There are a lot of Japanese hilarious videos of very practical jokes...
I remember one in a sort of snow ski station. The guys were sitting in a supposedly massage chair, then all of the sudden the chair turned up to the wall, the wall opend, the chair turned on a engine or something and the guy got threw the wall to ski several hundred of meters wearing nothing more than a towel!
wearing nothing more than a towel!
surely that was a wham video
No wait, I remember more now. Due the speed I remember a couple of guys even lost the towel!
So, they were going down the hill at 60mph, at freezing temperture and nude!
And the most strange, must of them were laughing down the road!
Well, I guess you have nothing else to do in that situation ...
Because Google has enough money to be a target for being sued, but YouTube on its own didn't.
Google knows if people did sue them successfully over copyright infringement due to videos on YouTube, and they had to pay out compensation, it would open the floodgates for everyone who has any kind of copyright over a video posted without their permission on YouTube.
If you let Youtube make money off pirated content (that's basically what it is doing), why don't I just take content, edit in a short ad for my company at the end, and post it. Then Youtube and me are making money and the original content maker is making nothing. Sure, people say they are gaining exposure but exposure is "theoretical money" The money me and youtube made off off them is real.
This can't last forever no matter what kind of deals are made. The deals would have to be too complex in the current wild west model of Youtube.
Evetnually each media company will have it's own on-demand video portal and sites like youtube will be forgotten.
IMhO the media companies would do better to cut a deal with Youtube to distribute their content through YouTube and create money for themselves that way.
I'm watching the Full Metal Alchemist episodes now through Youtube, but I'd pay to be able to watch them full-screen, high-quality. For a fair price, of course.