Japanese Entertainment Group Not Satisfied By YouTube's Japanese Warning

from the more,-please dept

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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AvyTech (user link) says:


This automagically makes me think anime thoughts. I’ve been seeing lots of anime on YouTube in the form of fansubs and I just don’t see what the big deal is. Most anime fans will buy the releases when they come to the states. I’m sure there’s more Japanese video on YT than just anime, but let’s face it, that’s the biggest thing.

And to play Nihon-jin’s advocate, a copyright is a copyright and technically fansubs are bad. But seriously, embrace exposure! Or release the damned titles in the US sooner.

Tai says:

Re: Anime?

I for one disagree, YouTube is one of the few places where one can watch and enjoy subbed anime, anime which no one would ever know about or import if they haven’t seen it and will never get to taste because the moment it get licensed in America, it gets cut up, americanized and butchered by American voice actors. The stupidest part is that Japanese anime that’s licensed such as Naruto, never gets the appreciation it deserves. Naruto sounds like a f***** freak in the American dubbed anime, I go on You Tube and view the same episode in a subbed version…suddenly NARUTO ROCKS!

I say the way to stop the hordes of anime that is being uploaded to YouTube is very simply for companies to start making unaltered subbed versions of Japanese anime in the US along with the dubbed version of the anime, so at least then the consumers have a choice.

Also, “Most anime fans will buy the releases when they come to the state.” (Avi Tech)

I disagree, why would we want to buy crappy butchered and dubbed anime? 4kids neone? I think not.

I tend to Import what I view on youtube from home of Japanese anime aka Japan if I like the show.

Chestnuts says:

JASRAC = rights monopoly

JASRAC is actually a music rights commercial entity parading as an association, and enjoying an up until recently legally binding monopoly on the music rights business in Japan. Can you say “dinosaur”?

Don’t expect any sort of intelligent behavior from them any time in the next millenium or so.

The real claimants behind this action are the Japanese TV networks who own all the content being uploaded. Unfortunately, the mass media here is run by an ad agency controlled cartel including broadcasters and one TV ratings research company (the only one) which ‘decides’ viewer ratings from a panel of, get this, 600 households for the whole country. Advertisers pay homage. For obvious reasons having to do with vested interest, nobody in the media wants to admit this, so therefore, ( skip and leap ) there is no rights agency for video content. Thus, the necessity to resort to using the music rights “association” to run quarterback on this particular play.

I preach the “copying is free advertising” line everywhere I go over here, but this is a country where they would rather let old film rot then share the rights to it. On the other hand, this is a land where cultural import is part of the foundation of society, so all we need is more examples in the US of media companies making good use of YouTube and you will eventually start to see imitators here as well.

MO says:

Eventually Jpnese TV stations should team up and offer free download of mid to high resolution of drama in different language subtitles with TV commercials (based on regional difference).

I mean come on, if you want to beat free stuff, you gotta be free and great! TV stations may still earn money from internet advertisement (and more diverse as well, including hosting internet Ads). I bet in this case more viewers will go to authentic TV stations to watch dramas instead of watching the YouTube ones.

Hopefully this time Japanese don’t get too stingy and keep the goodies themselves, otherwise, Youtube is always the winner.

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