Last week, YouTube responded to the demands from Japan's Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC), by promising to put up a warning about not uploading unauthorized materials in Japanese and sending an envoy to Japan to meet with the group about other things that can be done. While the news reports about this response said that JASRAC was happy with the response, it appears that on second thought, they are only happy that YouTube responded (and are especially happy that it was the founders themselves, rather than Google/YouTube lawyers) -- but they are not at all satisfied with the actual response. First off, the fact that the expected Japanese warning isn't on the site yet upsets them, but more importantly, they still believe that YouTube can do much more to prevent the uploading of unauthorized content. While it's true that YouTube can do those things, there's little reason that they should. It doesn't help anyone. The content will still be uploaded -- just to other sites who care even less about what JASRAC thinks. At the same time, it doesn't help YouTube any, since trying to police all of that content will be a huge burden for almost no benefit. JASRAC can complain all they want, but they might be better off recognizing that there are benefits to embracing, rather than lawyering, YouTube.
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