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YouTube will add warning to Japanese site

TOKYO — YouTube has pledged to launch a Japanese-language notice on its Web site warning users not to post or upload copyrighted works without permission, according to local authors' society JASRAC. The group sent a letter Dec. 4 to YouTube on behalf of 22 Japanese broadcasters and other rights holders demanding that YouTube take "provisional" measures to deal with the problem until a fully fledged "infringement-preventive system" could be implemented.

SPE taps Berg to oversee legal affairs

Corii Berg has been upped to deputy general counsel at Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio said Monday. Berg, who was executive vp at SPE's corporate and distribution legal group, will oversee legal affairs at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Screen Gems, Sony Online Entertainment, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Classics. He will report to Leah Weil, executive vp and general counsel at SPE. Berg also will oversee the corporate and distribution legal group.

Nash climbs ranks at Yahoo!

Yahoo! Inc. has named Jill Nash senior vp and chief communications officer, the Internet bellwether said Monday. The appointment comes nearly two weeks after Yahoo! retooled their senior management team, ushering out Yahoo! Media Group president Lloyd Braun and chief operating officer Dan Rosensweig.

ATAS' Hicks sets retirement

Price Hicks, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation's longtime director of educational programs and services, will retire at year's end. Hicks has been the chief liaison between the foundation and the academic community for more than 20 years, overseeing a department that administers three major national programs for college students and faculty: the Student Internship Program, the College Television Awards and Festival and the annual Faculty Seminar for college professors of film, TV and digital media.

'Boys' back for TBS with back-nine order

"My Boys" got good news Monday from TBS. The cable network has ordered nine additional episodes of the show, its first original scripted comedy series, bringing the total to 22. In addition, TBS has decided to move up the series' initial-order finale and two additional episodes to next week. Episodes 9 and 10 will air back to back at 10 p.m. Dec. 26, Episodes 11 and 12 will air at 10 p.m. Dec. 27, and the final episode of the show's initial order will air at 10 p.m. Dec. 28.

Rockers hit WolfgangsVault with lawsuit

Grateful Dead Prods. and musicians including Carlos Santana, Robert Plant and Ray Manzarek are seeking a permanent injunction against Bill Graham Archives, which operates The site offers classic concert clips and music memorabilia, but the plaintiffs allege that in doing so Bill Graham Archives owner William Sagan has exceeded any rights granted under their limited license agreement with Graham, the concert promoter who died in 1991. The suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, also seeks unspecified monetary damages.