YouTube's Solution To Unauthorized Japanese Videos: A Warning Written In Japanese
from the well-that-will-solve-everything dept
Earlier this month, the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers sent a nastygram to YouTube demanding they cease allowing copyrighted materials to be uploaded to their site. This came soon after the same group demanded the removal of approximately 30,000 videos from the site, and was disappointed to find that many were put back on the site some time later. Of course, since YouTube just provides the platform, it’s pretty much impossible to completely prevent such uploads. However, YouTube has responded by promising to put up a warning in Japanese about copyright violations and to send a delegation to Japan to meet with JASRAC over these concerns. So far, it seems like JASRAC is satisfied by the response, but at some point they’re going to have to realize that there is no real way to prevent the content from being uploaded. Should some sort of magic bullet ever actually show up that YouTube could use to block uploads, the content would simply migrate to sites that just don’t care as much about copyright violations. In other words, it’s a time-consuming and totally ineffective game of whack-a-mole. One of these days, they’ll have to realize that there are ways to benefit from letting people upload shows — and the whole “problem” goes away.